President holds Eid al-Adha prayer at Bogor Palace

22-Jul-2021 Intellasia | AntaraNews | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Indonesian President Joko Widodo held the Eid al-Adha prayer with a limited congregation, which included members of the Presidential security guard (Paspampres), at the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java on Tuesday.

“I performed the Eid al-Adha prayer this morning in the courtyard of the Bogor Presidential Palace with a limited congregation,” the President wrote on his Instagram handle @jokowi on Tuesday.

He said that members of Paspampres led the prayer and delivered the sermon.

Though the participants were limited, the prayer went smoothly, he added.

“As the preacher said, every ordeal can be passed well when we face it with patience. Be patient to sacrifice carrying out Islamic teachings, and let go of selfishness to get closer to Allah SWT,” the President wrote.

The Eid al-Adha celebration this year was very different compared to the pre-pandemic years, with the government ordering Muslims to pray at home instead of joining mass prayers due to the imposition of emergency restrictions on people’s movement on Java and Bali islands from July 3 to July 20, 2021.

Millions of Muslims all over the world on Tuesday celebrated Eid al-Adha, also called Idul Adha, an Islamic religious festival commemorating Prophet Abraham’s faithfulness to God. His test of faith involved an unfulfilled command to sacrifice his son.

The holiday also marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Wuquf in Arafat is the culmination of the hajj, when worshipers offer prayers and good wishes from sunrise to sunset.

Eid al-Adha is one of the two most important Islamic holidays, besides Idul Fitri, or Eid al-Fitr, which was celebrated in May this year to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.


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