The Jakarta Post
Hundreds of Naqsabandiyah sect followers did Idul Adha (Islamic day of sacrifice) prayers at Baitul Makmur Binuang Mosque in Kampuang Dalam, Padang, West Sumatra, on Tuesday.
They celebrated Idul Adha earlier than the government's official start date, on Thursday.
'Around 250 Naqsabandiyah followers participated in the Idul Adha prayer this morning,' said Mursyid Syafri Malin Mudo, leader of the Naqsabandiyah sect in West Sumatra, as quoted by tempo.co.id on Tuesday.
He said Naqsabandiyah followers determined the fall of Idul Adha based on a hisab munjid method, which they say, places the first day of Zulhijah on the 100th day after the end of Ramadhan. According to this method, they determined that Zulhijah 10, the day Idul Adha is observed, fell on Sept. 22, or Tuesday.
Syafri said that their calculation method had been implemented for around 100 years and, he claimed, was in line with the Koran and the hadits (the words and deeds of Prophet Muhammad).
'After Idul Adha prayers, we sacrificed the animals,' he said.
At Idul Adha this year, Syafri said that the Naqsabandiyah community in Kampuang Dalam sacrificed two cattle and five goats contributed by community members, and later distributed the meat from the animals to all of its followers and the local people living around the mosque.
West Sumatra is home to around 5,000 Naqsabandiyah followers. Apart from in Padang, they are also living in Padang Pariaman, Solok, South Solok, South Pesisir and other areas. (rad/ebf)
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