Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) called on all members of the agency and people to take 1444 H Eid al-Adha as a moment to improve social awareness and empathy towards others.

"Today is the right moment for us to improve our (faithfulness) and social empathy towards others as well as develop the quality as a patient, resilient, and strong person in facing life's trials," chief secretary of BNPT Bangbang Surono stated here on Friday.

Surono delivered the statement during his speech for the Qurban sacrifice activity at BNPT's Training Center in Sentul, West Java, on Thursday (June 29).

The significance of Qurban must be comprehended, and the values it contains must be consistently adopted in life, he emphasized.

"The first is its meaning of human's piety, which is human's adherence in following God's order. The second meaning is on the social aspect, in which Muslims are to prioritize empathy towards others, and the third meaning is welfare, in which Qurban can allow (someone) to share with anyone in need," he remarked.

This year marks Indonesia's rise from its fall after the COVID-19 pandemic, so everyone needs to pay attention to others and collaborate to assist one another, Surono remarked.

"In the current time, Indonesia is in the process of rising together to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted many aspects of life, thereby challenging us to become more stronger and wiser," he pointed out.

At the event, the portion of meats from Qurban were distributed to representatives of people living in three villages -- Sukahati, Tangkil, and Leuwinutug -- near the agency's office as well as Al Rofiah Islamic Boarding School.

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