UNS — Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta conducted Eid al-Adha prayers in front of dr. Prakosa Building on Sunday (08/11/2019). UNS Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Prof. Ahmad Yunus, took a role as the khateeb (a person who delivers the sermon) and a student of Faculty of Engineering (FT) UNS, Muhammad Hadziq Munajih, led the prayers (imam).
In his sermon, Prof. Ahmad Yunus said that the sacrifice worship (Qurban) that Moslems annually did was a form of i’tibar or taking the lesson from Prophet Abraham and his son, Ishmael. “In general, there are at least three values that we can take from the story of Prophet Abraham and Prophet Ishmael also the sacrifice,” he said.
He further explained that the meat alms only symbolized the essence of sacrifice which was actually very broad, including sacrifice in terms of wealth, energy, thought, time, and so on.
Prof. Yunus highlighted that sacrifice was a manifestation of our self-awareness as social beings. Imagine, if each human being merely fulfills his own ego and needs without minding others, what a mess of life.
“People need to sacrifice a bit of their time, for example, queuing in front of a ticket box, and be willing to stop their vehicle for a moment when the traffic light turns (red). Because greed is only worth for beasts. This is the point why we should ‘slaughter’ our animalistic ego, to reach intimacy with God since the spirit of qurban is the solidarity of others and holy sincerity expecting only the pleasure of God,” he explained.
Thousands of worshipers from the people, students, and all UNS academic community filled the front yard of dr. Prakosa Building.
In this occasion, UNS Rector, Prof. Jamal Wiwoho symbolically handed over sacrificial animals with total 235 goats and 13 cows to UNS Alms Organization (LAZIS UNS) by 2019 Sacrifice up to Remote program. Humas UNS/ Dwi/Try