ACTNews, JAKARTA – Reciting the takbirat (glorification of Allah’s name) and enjoying the qurbani meat are two most-awaited activities on the day of Eid-ul-Adha. Many of us celebrate it in festivity, while others have to celebrate amidst hunger, poverty and humanitarian crises.
Eid-ul-Adha is the day of feast for Muslims; the day when Muslims are prohibited to fast. It is the day when Muslims savor the qurbani meat and distribute it to the needy.
“Eid-ul-Adha is the day of festivity for all Muslims. There must be who do not eat, while in many places there qurbani meat is in surplus and not beneficial,” said ustaz Zulfikarullah, an Indonesian Islamic preacher.
Moreover, Zulfikarullah explained that the animal sacrifice is a form of spreading benefits to others, especially our unfortunate brethren in Indonesian remote areas and conflict-ridden countries like Palestine and Syria.
Zulfikarullah mentioned that there are three reasons why it is urgent to distribute qurbani meat to Indonesian remote areas and conflict-ridden countries. Firstly, the qurbani ritual will strengthen our spiritual connection with Allah and social connection with others. Apart from being a way to achieve piety, qurbani strengthens the brotherhood between among Muslims.
Secondly, the qurbani meat brings happiness to the recipients, especially the poor and needy. Lastly, it is a proof of our faith by helping fellow Muslims.
“In a hadith, it is mentioned that one’s faith is not perfect if he or she sleeps with full stomach while his or her neighbors are starving,” he explained.
These three reasons, according to Zulfikarullah, can create equality, and it is a way to bring happiness to fellow Muslims.
Bringing happiness through Global Qurban
The moment of Eid-ul-Adha raises the awareness of the Muslims to care about each other, not only within our vicinity but also in several countries around the globe: a borderless philanthropy. Such spirit empowers Global Qurban each year with the main theme of Indonesia Berqurban (Indonesia Sacrifices).
Through Global Qurban, sacrificial animals are distributed to every corner of the country and the world. In Global Qurban’s first year in 2011, Global Qurban distributed 3,645 animals for 175,400 beneficiaries in four countries. The number of the recipients increases each year.
In Eid-ul-Adha 2017, Global Qurban reached three million recipients in 40 countries including Chad, Cameroon, Kashmir, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Palestine and Syria.
Rini Maryani, President of Global Qurban, hopes that the happiness of Eid-ul-Adha can be felt by our Muslim brethren afflicted by natural disasters and humanitarian conflicts.
“Since 2011, Global Qurban has become the icon of Muslim philanthropy for the world through qurbani. We will continue and improve our service so that the generosity of the Indonesians, especially the Muslims, can expand and reach more people of various backgrounds,” explained Maryani.