Hamdan Zoelva: Sacrifice Develops Social Solidarity

Constitutional Court Justice Hamdan Zoelva when serving as the preacher in the Idul Adha prayer at the ceremony field at Bank of Indonesia Office complex, Jakarta (17/11).

Jakarta, MKOnline – The sacrifice worship had a high social dimension. The order to sacrifice in Islamic teachings, besides being a reflection of gratitude and making people closer to God for many blessings He had given to us, also constituted the order for a moslem to develop social solidarity to anyone without discrimination in terms of religion and belief.

This was conveyed by Constitutional Court Justice Hamdan Zoelva when he became the preacher in the Feast of Sacrifice (Idul Adha) prayer on Wednesday (17/11) in the ceremony field at the Bank of Indonesia Office complex, Jakarta. Seen in attendance on that occasion was Bank of Indonesia Governor Darmin Nasution.

“The teaching of sacrifice (Qurban) orders a Muslim to slaughter a sacrifice animal some of the meat of which is for consumption and some other is distributed to those who rarely or who never enjoyed meat,” conveyed Hamdan in his preaching. Hamdan then said, “This teaching is a form of social responsibility of a Muslim to have empathy and to develop social responsibility.” 

In addition, Hamdan also conveyed that many verses of the Al Qur’an gave warnings and teachings to human beings, especially Muslims, not to accumulate wealth and to count them only. Islam, continued Hamdan, taught us to distribute and invest our wealth to be useful. 

“Islam also teaches us to love and not to ignore orphans, to donate to the poor and to help them in difficulties and,” said Hamdan.

If we examine the contents of the Al Qur’an, said Hamdan, we would find a clear message that an order to believe Allah and to do the prayer (shalat), was always accompanied with the obligation to share the alms and to do good to fellow human beings, shortly termed hablun minallah and hablun minannas. “This is the essence of Islamic teachings,” he asserted.

According to Hamdan, what was special about the worship of sacrifice had two dimensions all at once, the dimension of hablun minallah and the dimension of hablun minannas. “The dimension of hablun minallah was for being closer to Allah and reflected compliance and surrender to implement His orders. The other dimension of hablun minannas was to develop social solidarity among fellow human beings,” he said. (Dodi/mh)

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