Jakarta (ANTARA) – Governor of Jakarta interpreted Idul Adha as a long sacrifice during the COVID-19 pandemic in pursuit of something better.
“We are sanguine that God would replace this long sacrifice with something better Insya Allah (God’s will),” Baswedan stated on his Instagram account @aniesbaswedan here on Tuesday.
During his speech, the governor cited an exemplary story about Prophet Ibrahim’s family — Siti Hajar and Prophet Ibrahim himself — who lived around 4,300 years ago, with a lesson that still holds relevance and offers wisdom in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic condition.
The wisdom one gains from Prophet Ibrahim’s family is their unwavering obedience in fulfilling their responsibilities, completely surrendering to God, and enduring hardships by supporting and strengthening one another. “This year, again, we must celebrate Idul Adha with concerns and several limitations. This is our effort that we need to continue to make together,” he emphasized.
Baswedan also offered prayers for the people fighting on the front lines in battling the pandemic, so that they become stronger. They are health workers, officers on the field, and those who work in essential and critical sectors to fulfill their families’ needs.
“May Allah strengthen them, tackle the enemy with His oneness, and lift this pandemic trials from the earth,” he stated.
The former education and culture minister also urged Jakartans to perform the Idul Adha prayer at their own homes.
Performing the Idul Adha prayer at home was also imposed last year in a bid to stem the surge in COVID-19 cases.
“We urged you all to perform the Idul Adha prayer at your own homes, as we had earlier done last year,” he remarked.
Source: Antara News