Eid al-Adha is the last of the two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year. This is to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah and his readiness to sacrifice Ismail, his son.
At the very point of the sacrifice, Allah replaced Ismail with a ram, which was to be slaughtered in place of his son. This command from Allah was a test of Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness and commitment to obey his Lord’s command without a question.
The distribution of the live goats was part of the Qurban Project 2021 initiated by the Halwani Services Singapore in partnership with the Al Ihsan Resource Center, United Youth for Peace and Development, Mindanao State University-General Santos City and with the full support of the Local Government Unit of Sarangani.
Asma Akmad of the Governor’s Commission on Moro Affairs in Sarangani said “the true meaning of Eid al-Adha is really manifesting sa ating activity. Kasi even we are still in the middle of the pandemic, we are able to celebrate this feast pa rin through distributing live goats to our Moro community.”
Akmad said in addition to the 114 goats, they also distributed three cows which they obtained from Cotabato Inter-Communal Initiative through Dr. Siti Maryam Malinumbay S. Salasal.
Part of the recipients were the Moro partners of the Sulong Kapayapaan Peace and Development Program, Madaris facilitators, Ustadz, Imams and other Muslim organizations in Sarangani who also helped in the identification of the beneficiaries and in the distribution activity. But Akmad ensured that minimum health protocols were observed in holding the activity amid the pandemic.
Out of the 114 goats, 15 were distributed by the Mindanao State University -Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao, to some identified Moro beneficiaries in General Santos City.
The Muslim community in the province conveyed their gratitude to the Singapore-based Moro group for selecting Sarangani as among the beneficiaries of the project for two consecutive years.
To further ensure the impact of the project, Akmad has encouraged communities to engage in goat farming. In this way, the community would generate economic activity for additional source of livelihood to support their needs and their family.
“We really want to emphasize to the community the importance of goat farming, give them the drive, and encourage them that there is really a demand for goat farming kung saan they will also be the beneficiaries of their own produce,” Akmad said.
She saw this as an effective strategy to sustain the impact of the Qurban Project with the support of the government of procuring the goats straight from the community instead of buying from the ranches. (Joshua John S. Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)
Photo by Jake Narte taken on July 20 during the Qurban Project 2021 at Barangay Tuyan.