ACTNews, JAKARTA – Many of us Muslims probably understand Eid-ul-Adha celebration simply as an annual ritual. Many of us probably are unaware of the essence and abundant wisdom of qurbani. Through qurbani, a Muslim can do both of his roles as a steward of the earth and a servant of Allah.
Such statement was expressed by the celebrity couple Arie Untung and Fenita Arie. ACTNews met this couple when they both hosted the launching of Global Qurban’s program Indonesia Berqurban, Let Our Nation and The World Enjoy It on Thursday (7/19) in Jakarta.
When asked about the essence of qurbani, they admitted that they too had a common understanding about qurbani, that it is merely an annual ritual commanded by Allah.
“After we found out more, however, qurbani has a very special meaning. There is an immense chance to reap rewards there. It is an act of worship that strengthens our relationship with Allah and with other people. We are realizing our two roles as the stewards of the earth through this ritual,” said Arie.
Arie Untung, Fenita Arie’s husband, added that there is love in the act of qurbani. “Performing qurbani is about love. Our duty is to spread the love as vast as possible. When we perform qurbani, Allah doesn’t ask for the flesh. Rather, he judges us based on our piety, so the meat can be distributed to the needy.
When they first heard about Global Qurban and the facilities it offers, the couple are interested. In their opinion, in the day and age where technology becomes more advanced, these programs become solutions to increase public awareness to perform qurbani. The more qurbani is sacrificed, the more people will receive the benefits of qurbani.
“During the event, we discussed about Qurbani Donation. We got more knowledge. Usually we perform the qurbani four ourselves. We just found out that, if we have enough wealth, we can also perform Qurbani on behalf of others. Hence, the rewards will not only be received by the people who fund it, but also the people on behalf of whom the qurbani is performed, not to mention the reward from the recipients of the meat. Masha Allah, what an immense reward,” said Fenita Arie.
In an effort to make their qurbani more meaningful, the couple decided to prepare themselves better for Eid-ul-Adha 2-18. They are strengthening their intention to do their qurbani each year. They also intend to educate their children, Fathir and Mikhaila, about qurbani.
“We feel the overwhelming spirit of qurbani. We are longing for the moments of Eid-ul-Adha. We hope that we are able to decide what animal to sacrifice each year, and to whom will the meat be distributed. Everything will be planned. Insha Allah, we are sure that if the intention is pure, Allah will show us the way,” concluded Arie Untung.