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Asylum seekers shake hands during Eid Al-Adha celebration at the former office of military command in Kalideres, Jakarta, Sunday August (11/8/2019)., Jakarta – Several Muslim refugees from Afghanistan and Sudan expressed their yearnings of celebrating Eid Al-Adha (the Islamic Day of Sacrifice) at homes.

Shakila, an Afghan national, during an interview at the refugee temporary shelter in Kalideres, Jakarta, Sunday, said that every Eid Al-Adha Day, she and her family would visit relatives, sit together for a feast, and wear new clothes.

She further stated every Eid Al-Adha at home in Afghanistan, her family slaughtered at least five cattle as its price was affordable. After slaying the mammals, Shakila and her family cooked the meat with Afghan’s traditional recipes.

However, none of the traditions were performed as Shakila now had to live in a temporary center at a facility owned by military command in Kalideres, West Jakarta for at least four years.

She and other foreign refugees now still awaited to be relocated to a permanent country by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Not far from Shakila, a foreign refugee from Sudan, Adam Ali also missed celebrating Eid Al-Adha at home. “After praying and asking for forgiveness to family members, I visited their homes, and they paid a visit as well,” Ali stated.

Differed with Shakila who was used to purchase the cattle during the holy day, Ali was used to slay the cattle he raised by himself.

“We raised dozens lambs,” Ali shortly recalled his memory celebrating Eid Al-Adha in Sudan.

Nevertheless, Ali, his wife and his baby along with other 1,000 foreign refugees had to stop performing their usual traditions during Eid Al-Adha Day, as they had been displaced from their homes and separated from their relatives due to the wars and humanitarian conflicts. (sho)

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The mosque received 43 sacrificial animals including 23 cows and 20 goats, Some of the sacrificial animals were from President Joko Widodo, Vice President Jusuf Kalla and a number of ministers of the Working Cabinet, Jakarta – The management of Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta invited one thousand people with disabilities to perform Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) prayers at the mosque on Sunday morning.

The management of the mosque, along with the Religious Affairs Ministry and the Presidential Staff Office used the momentum of Idul Adha to start movement called people with disabilities-friendly mosque .

Hence, during the celebration of Idul Adha this time, the management of the mosque invited one thousand people with disabilities to join the Idul Adha prayers and distributed hearing aid among them to be able to hear the Idul Adha sermon at the mosque.

The Idul Adha prayers at Istiqlal Mosque started at around 07.00 a.m. local time. Although the mosque is being renovated, it could accommodate more than 150,000 worshipers on that day.

This year, the mosque received 43 sacrificial animals including 23 cows and 20 goats, Some of the sacrificial animals were from President Joko Widodo, Vice President Jusuf Kalla and a number of ministers of the Working Cabinet

Unlike in the previous years,the mosque did not distribute coupons to receive sacrificial meat this year. Instead, they will distribute the sacrificial meat among the Jakarta residents who are entitled to it in five different zones in the capital.

In addition, the committee of sacrificial animals will not use plastic bags to distribute the meat in compliance with Jakarta Governor Anies Bawesdan’s instruction. (vir)

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Al Azhar Mosque would slaughter a total of 27 cows and 526 lambs during the Eid Al-Adha (Islamic Day of Sacrifice) from August 11 to 14., Jakarta – Al Azhar Mosque in Jakarta plans to distribute sacrifice cattle (Qurban) meat among villagers in the islands of Sumatra, Java, Papua, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali and Nusa Tenggara.

Al Azhar Foundation chairman, Shabah Syamsi, stated here on Sunday that the mosque had slaughtered 12 cows and 148 lambs.

The mosque, he added, would slaughter a total of 27 cows and 526 lambs during the Eid Al-Adha (Islamic Day of Sacrifice) from August 11 to 14.

After slaughtering hundreds of cattle, the mosque would distribute the meat among the have nots in Greater Jakarta, Pandeglang District in Banten Province, Purwakarta, Bandung, West Bandung and Cianjur Districts in West Java Province.

Not only in West Java, the sacrifice meat will also be sent to the have nots in Wonogiri, Brebes, Klaten, Magelang, and Cilacap Districts, Central Java Province, Sleman and Kulon Progo Districts, Yogyakarta Special Province, as well as Surabaya and Kediri in East Java Province.

The chairman also said that the Al Azhar Mosque would also distribute the meat to Padang City in West Sumatra, Donggala District in Central Sulawesi, Gowa District in South Sulawesi, Bedugul in Bali, North Lombok, South Timor and Flores in East Nusa Tenggara, and Jayapura City in Papua.

Slaughtering cattle and distributing the meat to the have nots are part of the rituals performed during Eid Al-Adha. Referring to verses in the Quran, the slaughter is aimed to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim or Abraham who sacrificed his son, Prophet Ismail, on God’s command.

As the second annual celebration on the Islamic calendar, Eid Al-Adha marks the completion of Hajj in the holy city of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, while in other countries, Muslim communities will slay a few mammals such as cattle, goat, or lamb as a symbol of obedience to the Almighty God.

In Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, Eid Al-Adha is a public holiday. Besides Indonesia, the sacrifice day is also celebrated in other Muslim-majority states such as the Middle East, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt, and Afghanistan. (adi)

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The Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan., Jakarta – The Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, has ordered his men to inspect the flue gas stacks of industries operating in the capital city’s areas to control greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions amid complaints of air pollution. The inspection on industrial chimneys in Jakarta was conducted to implement the Governor’s Instruction Number 66/2019, he told journalists here Thursday regarding the Jakarta provincial administration’s efforts to control the GHG emissions.

The Jakarta provincial administration has also asked the state-owned electricity firm PT PLN to inspect the chimneys of its steam-fueled power plants operating in areas near the capital city, he said.

Asked to comment on the GHG emission threshold that the government has determined for chimneys of industries and electric power plants, Baswedan said he was not aware of the figures.

“I do not know the figures. That is why I do not say whether or not they are subject to violations. What I am just demanding is a review to ensure that the flue gas coming out of the chimneys does not trigger higher air pollution in Jakarta or in other areas,” he said.

Some 47 of the 114 manufacturing industries operating in the capital city’s areas had received administration sanctions for their flue gas stacks causing environmental pollution, the Jakarta Environment Agency reported earlier.

The agency recorded that there are some 1,150 industrial chimneys in Jakarta.

Indonesia’s total GHG emissions in 2013 were 2,161 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e), totaling 4.47 percent of global GHG emissions, as revealed in the USAID’s official website.

Much of Indonesia’s 2013 GHG emissions (65.5 percent) were from land-use change and forestry (LUCF), followed by emissions from energy (22.6 percent), agriculture (7.4 percent), waste (3 percent) and industrial processes (1.4 percent).

In 2009, Indonesia had pledged to reduce GHG emissions by 26 percent below the business as usual (BAU) level by 2020 through unilateral actions, and by 41 percent with international support, according to USAID’s website. (rcp)

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