ACTNews, NORTH LOMBOK – Lombok is still in sorrow. The trauma caused by earthquakes that happened in recent weeks still lingers in the hearts of many people. Their sadness reached its peak on Wednesday (8/22) morning after the Eid-ul-Adha prayers. Amidst Eid hugs and greetings, their eyes were filled with tears.
It was such a sad and emotional moment in Sigar Penjalin evacuation post, Tanjung sub-district, North Lombok. They could only celebrate Eid-ul-Adha in the evacuation post, but their hearts were strengthened. Apart from houses, many mosques were also destroyed by earthquakes.
Juliani, one of the locals, expressed her sadness because the disasters have changed her life drastically. “We are sad; we have to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha in such condition. We used to gather at home with our family, making ketupat, cookies. Now we can only celebrate it in makeshift tents,” said Juliani.
Indeed, it is rather hard to accept. But, Juliani further said, all the people of Lombok have to be patient in enduring the hardship. She believed that there’s wisdom behind every calamity, for example by making Eid-ul-Adha a moment to strengthen the sense of brotherhood among each other.
“We are grateful that we here are strong. Every family with various backgrounds now gathers here trying to go on with our lives. We are grateful that at least we are safe and alive,” said Juliani.
They expressed their gratefulness through supplications that they made, wishing for safety, for at this moment nothing is more precious than being free from calamities, as stated by Siti Aminah, one of the women from Sigar Penjalin, Tanjung, North Lombok.
“We surrender to Allah. Ome think we constantly pray for is safety. As for our destroyed house, we are sure that we will be able to rebuild it although we still have no idea when. We are sure that Allah has the best plan for us,” said Aminah.
Having faith in Allah is the only way for them to be able to let go. Their cry is not a form of sadness. Rather, it’s a way to keep them from negative thoughts. Their cry is also a cry of solidarity to help them maintain their support for each other.