ACTNews, TANA TORAJA – The delight of Eid-ul-Adha is always overwhelming each year, especially in Indonesian big cities like Jakarta. Once a year, people celebrate Eid-ul-Adha with festivity. Unfortunately, not everyone in Indonesia can celebrate Eid-ul-Adha with such festivity and delight. There are still Muslims across the country who have nothing with which they can celebrate Eid-ul-Adha.
One of the examples is in Nanggala Village, Tana Toraja Regency. The only thing they can do to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha is by performing the Eid prayer. For fifty years, the Muslims in Nanggala Village have missed the qurbani sacrifice and the fresh cuts of qurbani meat.
Such saddening reality was witnessed by Global Qurban team when they arrived at Nanggala Village in Tana Toraja last year. Alhamdulillah, Global Qurban team visited and brought with them a gift of sacrificial animals to be slaughtered there. The people of Nanggala welcomed the team warmly and with sincere friendship.
It’s still clear in our memory that when the locals heard about the aim of our arrival there, they immediately got out of their houses to musala Darussalam, the only place of worship for Muslims in the village. Happiness was shining on the locals’ faces along with the gratefulness for the arrival of the qurbani animals with which they can celebrate Eid-ul-Adha joy.
“Our people have been longing for the qurbani for fifty years. The slaughter of the qurbani animals by Global Qurban is a new experience of celebrating qurbani for us,” said Rusli Kadir, a prominent Muslim figure in the village.
Nanggala is just one of few Muslim-minority villages in Tana Toraja Regency. We went further uphill to visit Bone Buntu Sisong village, still in the same regency. In this village, there were only 70 Muslim families, comprising only 15% of the total population.
Bone Buntu Sisong Village lies at the top of a mountain, and the access to get there is not easy. It is difficult to deliver goods and relief; celebrating Eid-ul-Adha has also been difficult for them. They admitted that they have only tasted the delight of fresh qurbani meat twice. They got a little meat from Muslims in South Makale city.
“As for the Eid-ul-Adha celebration, the locals never directly perform animal sacrifices due to the village’s remote location. Therefore, we are extremely grateful for Global Qurban’s effort. You climbed mountains and hills to deliver qurbani to the villagers here,” said Herman Tahir, one of the village’s respected figures.
Abundant gratefulness from the two villages in Tana Toraja echoes the same gratefulness from other villages. Difficult economic condition and transportation access become two if the main reasons why Eid-ul-Adha celebration in these villages is never as joyful as in other places.
Insha Allah, in Eid-ul-Adha 1439 AH, Global Qurban will arrive again to bring the joy of Eid-ul-Adha with Muslims in Tana Toraja in an effort to spread the happiness of qurbani across Indonesia and other places around the world.