Coronavirus Pandemic Does Not Stop People from Performing Qurbani

This year's Eid al-Adha was special. As the Coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted the livelihood of many, there are still people who were willing to set aside some of their wealth to perform qurbani as reflected by thousands of qurbani animals distributed through Global Qurban in 2020 that benefitted up to two million people.

A recipient of the qurbani packages in Tasikmalaya. (ACTNews / Eko Ramdani)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – The year 2020 began with natural disasters and the Coronavirus pandemic. These calamities had severely impacted many communities. The pandemic that hasn’t yet receded has affected the livelihood of many people. Economic activities have been hampered due to the restrictions that aim to reduce the spread of the disease.

In fact, many of the victims of the natural disasters in early 2020 haven’t been fully recovered, such as the case with the flood and landslide victims in Cileuksa Cillage in Bogor Regency.  

However, the economic downturn caused by a series of natural disasters and later the Coronavirus pandemic did not stop people from performing qurbani, an act of worship that needs some money. During the last Eid Al-Adha, many people have been sacrificing qurbani in their nearest localities. Many even performed their qurbani through Global Qurban – ACT.

In this special year, Global Qurban distributed thousands of qurbani animals to be sacrificed. Though the number is not as many as in previous years, still, it reflects the unfaltering generosity of the community amid the financial difficulties from which many people suffer during the pandemic.

"This year, Global Qurban distributed thousands of sacrificial animals. Even though the numbers were different from the previous years, the distribution still covered many areas across the country, from Aceh to Papua. We hope to trigger the enthusiasm of the public and to tell them that the pandemic must not weaken our spirit to perform worship,” said Sukorini from Global Qurban - ACT, Tuesday (12/15).

In addition, Global Qurban also reached several countries across the globe. In total, in 33 countries, Global Qurban delivered 1,605 sacrificial animals, benefitting 1 million beneficiaries.

"There were also quite a lot of people who chose to send their qurbani animals to countries suffering from crises. It showed that the generosity of society remains high even though they have also been affected by the pandemic," added Sukorini.

Now, 2020 is only a few days left. The year has been full of ups and down. In the upcoming year, many hope that the pandemic will soon end. Yet, the future will also be a test for us whether or not we will maintain our generosity if the pandemic finally ends. []