ACTNews, LOMBOK ISLAND – It is well-known that one of the wisdoms behind qurbani is to spread happiness, both for those who offer the sacrifice and to the recipients of the meat packages. Do you know that happiness is something that we can spread? Global Qurban – Akso Cepat Tanggap has been doing it for years.
For eight years, Global Qurban has been distributing happiness to the Muslims in Indonesia, even around the world. The qurbani ritual brings two happiness: getting those who offer the sacrifice closer to Allah, and helping others through the distribution of the qurbani meat.
On the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha last year, 21,284 animals were sacrificed and have their meat distributed to the underprivileged households in remote areas. The number increased 22.7% from the qurbani event in the previous year (2016). Some of the target areas were remote areas on the island of Lombok, popularly known as The Island of a Thousand Mosques.
Last year, Global Qurban reached cities and regencies throughout Lombok Island such as Mataram, North Lombok, West Lombok, East Lombok and Central Lombok. The animal sacrifice and distribution of the meat was met with great enthusiasm by the Lombok islanders.
During the Eid-ul-Adha in 2016, the joy of qurbani reached the villagers of Guntur Macan Village, Gunung Sari Sub-district, West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.
At the time, Global Qurban team visited the inhabitants of five hamlets: Barat Kokoq, Apitaik, Guntur Macan, Ladungan and Poan Utara. It was the first moment for the Global Qurban team to sacrifice cows on Lombok Island.
The locals, especially the children, were extremely delighted to witness the sacrifice of the cows. “Hurray!” cheered the children.
This raised a question: what makes them extremely delighted to witness the sacrifice? It turned out that their enthusiasm to welcome the day of sacrifice was so great because most people in the area weren’t so wealthy. Qurbani became something so rare for them.
The qurbani in 2016 also informed us a lot about the spread of Islam in Guntur Macan village. Everyone can see that the village is a Muslim-majority village. However, most of the villagers are descendants of people who converted to Islam in 1900’s.
Marzuki, a resident of Landungan Hamlet, expressed his gratefulness to Global Qurban team in Lombok island. “Hopefully, next year, Global Qurban will distribute more qurbani animals in our village, Guntur Macan Village,” he said.
Because of this reason, Global Qurban ACT plans to center its qurbani activities in Lombok, the Island of a Thousand Mosques. From there, the donation trust from generous Indonesian donors will reach underprivileged areas throughout the country.