Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin handed over cows for Qurbani, or sacrifice, that he and President Joko Widodo donated to the Grand Imam of Istiqlal Mosque Nasaruddin Umar in Jakarta on Monday.

"It has been a tradition that the president and vice president donate sacrificial animals to several places, especially Istiqlal Mosque, which receives quite a lot of cows and goats this year," he remarked after performing the Eid al-Adha prayers at Southeast Asia's largest mosque.

Amin then urged more Muslims to participate in the Qurban ritual by donating sacrificial animals whose meat will be distributed to those in need with the aim of strengthening bonds with Almighty God, as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham).

"The Qurban is essentially a means for us to get closer to God. Those seeking stronger bonds with God can conduct the ritual today, tomorrow, and the day after," he underlined.

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Earlier, on a separate occasion, Grand Imam Umar extended gratitude to President Widodo and Vice President Amin for routinely donating Qurbani animals to the Qurban committee of Istiqlal Mosque.

"It is very nice to have the president and vice president consistently entrusting their sacrificial animals with the management of Istiqlal Mosque that will distribute the animals' meat to those deserving," he remarked during the arrival of the cows from Widodo and Amin on Friday (June 14).

Umar noted that the cows donated by the two leaders had been declared healthy and eligible for the ritual by the government.

The cow donated by President Widodo weighs 1,192 kilograms, while the one received from Vice President Amin is 1,164 kilograms in weight.

In addition to donating to Istiqlal Mosque, VP Amin also provided Qurbani animals to some other mosques and Islamic boarding schools in Jakarta and other regions.

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