ACTNews, BELU – The chant of takbirat was heard from all around Indonesia. Happiness and gratitude were shown on the faces of the Muslims celebrating Eid-ul-Adha, including the Muslim minority in the city of Atambua, Belu Regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT). On Wednesday (8/22), Global Qurban sacrificed qurbani animals in the city that borders East Timor.
Rahmat Zainudin, Global Qurban volunteer and local public figure, mentioned that after Eid-ul-Adha prayer, the people flocked to the sacrificial location in Hidayatullah mosque, Atambua. Hidayatullah mosque became the center of the qurbani that was going to be distributed to many locations across Belu and Malaka Regency.
“Hidayatullah mosque was chosen as the center of the slaughter and distribution because it was logistically and technically ready to slaughter a large number of cattle. On Wednesday (8/22), we slaughtered 30 cows, on Thursday (8/23) 50 cows, and on Friday (8/24) there will be dozens of cows that are to be distributed to areas around the border. We are slaughtering more than 100 heads of cattle,” said Zainnudin.
He added that the locals were enthusiastic in welcoming the Eid. They teamed up to make sure the activities go along smoothly. The cows were slaughtered, the carcasses were skinned and their meat was cut up. The cuts of meat were then distributed to the designated areas, like Mujahidin Mosque Atambua, Aitaman Village, Ex-East Timorese settlement and Malaka Regency.
The meat distribution not only brought happiness to the recipients but also empowered local cattle raisers of Atambua. “The cows bought by Global Qurban are from the local livestock raisers, so the local livestock raisers were empowered, Alhamdulillah,” said Jumardi, a local religious figure of Atambua.
Jumardi hoped that Global Qurban’s program would continue. For him, it isn’t about distributing meat, but also unifying the people of Atambua.
“The Muslims here is a minority, but we coexist peacefully with people of other faiths. If there’s an Islamic event like this, non-Muslim communities are invited to get involved. If non-Muslim communities are having their religious holidays, we help by guarding the security. Eid-ul-Adha strengthens the bond of the sicuety. It is a moment where everyone gathers,” he said.
The meat distribution on Thursday (8/21) was done on a number of locations in Belu and Malaka Regency. As many as 50 heads of cattle were slaughtered to be directly distributed. On Friday (8/22), the distribution will be focused on areas that border East Timor.