ACTNews, LOMBOK - If a simple survey regarding Lombok was made, it is likely that the majority of Jakartans know Lombok. They maybe have gone to this island for several times and fell for its beauty. Lombok is indeed an island whose beauty as exotic as its neighbor island, Bali. It is never been empty of tourist, million journeys in this tropical island are shared in many social networks. Photos capturing its beauty flood the timeline of Instagram and other social media. From its seashore to the top of Mount Rinjani, its magnificent beauty are well known among domestic and international travellers.
However, have it come to your mind, the life of locals in Lombok? Moreover when Eid Al Adha is coming, how does this Island of Thousand Mosques celebrate the Eid?
Continuing the qurbani journey in Lombok, Global Qurban has brought happiness to the needy Muslim families. Last year, qurbani distribution reached five kampongs in Guntur Macan Village, Gunung Sari Sub-district, Lombok Barat District, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).
“Hurrayyy…,” shouted the children joyfully as they watched cows being slaughtered for qurbani. They drowned in the vibe of celebration, even some of them wanted to take pictures with GQ’s volunteers in NTB.
For four days of tashreeq, the qurbani distribution targeted ten areas. One of them was located in a village in West Lombok. There, you will get the fact that the spirit of qurbani has once lost.
If visitors do not dig further information about this village and its people, they may find Islam has been there for long time and that is why majority of its people are Muslims. The fact is, Islam was once lost its light in this Island. In the beginning of 1900, many Muslims left their faith and converted to other religion. However, in the past decade, da’wah of Islam rose again that made current generation find their way back to Islam.
“Qurbani should not be implemented in only one point, but many. Therefore the blessings will be widely felt. If we talk about da’wah, slaughtering the qurbani animals in many points has deeper meaning,” said Alfian, Coordinator of Indonesia Volunteer Society (MRI) in NTB.
Qurbani festivity was greatly welcomed by the locals, particularly children who continuously shouting cheerfully during the slaughtering process. In Lombok, the first slaughtering was done in five kampongs across Guntur Macan Village. They were Barat Kokoq, Apitaik, Guntur Macan, Ladungan and Poan Utara.
“Demen ite, we are so happy. I hope next year Global Qurban visit us again here in Guntur Macan,” said Marzuki, a local in Ladungan Kampong.
Although the journey to this village was hampered by steep road, the great spirit and the helping hands of locals erased the fatigue that all volunteers felt. They expressed great gratitude towards a bag of meat. It was not that big, as few cows must be distributed to hundred families in Guntur Macan.
Therefore, this year Global Qurban has its firm reasons to multiply the effort to distribute qurbani in Lombok. Their struggle to survive in dry season and their continuous attempt to spread da’wah are ones of these the strong reasons.
Now, in less than a month, the delicious qurbani meat will bring them joys that can fill their eyes with tears of gratitude. In the same time, the spirit of qurbani which once was lost in West Lombok will be rekindled. Insha Allah, there will be more halal qurbani meat in this island which is famous for its halal tourism.
Lombok, or known as Lombo’ in local language, means “straight”. The term seems describing how straight and sincere the heart of volunteers and thousand locals who tirelessly and distributed qurbani meat to the doors of those who needed. They spread the blessing of qurbani in Lombok, the Island of Thousand Mosques.