ACTNews, BELU – A smile of happiness could not be hidden from the face of Muhammad Yazid, a former East Timorese Muslim convert who have settled in Sukabitetek Village (Leontelu), Raimanuk District, Belu Regency, East Nusa Tenggara. Yazid's happiness arose when Global Qurban-ACT Team gave the best Qurbani meat on the second Tashreeq day, Thursday (7/22/2021).
Previously, Yazid was an East Timorese, but during the East Timor Independence Referendum in 1999, he chose to become an Indonesian citizen. “I am pro-special autonomy for East Timor, but we lost our vote. Hence, I took refuge here (Sukabitetek Village) from 1999,” said Yazid.
Yazid also told Global Qurban-ACT Team that he first embraced Islam in 2017.
“My children converted to Islam first, then I followed them. Alhamdulillah, All my children study at Islamic boarding schools. It was my own will. Nobody forced me to convert to Islam. I love the lessons about haram (forbidden) and halal (allow). We cannot touch the things that are haram, that's my favorite lesson," Yazid said.
Yazid admitted that the two best Qurbani cows from Global Qurban-ACT brought blessings amid this year's Eid. "We are grateful. ACT always pays attention to converts from East Timor. We thank you very much,” explained Yazid.
“We can eat meat if we have extra money. Usually, we eat vegetables or fish. The price of meat here is expensive. It costs IDR 80 to 90 thousand per kilogram of meat. If we have money, we eat meat once a month, if not once a year,” said Yazid, telling how difficult it is to eat meat for residents of Sukabitetek.
The 34 converted families in Sukabitetek Village live side by side with the majority of Catholics. According to Yazid, this is not a barrier for him to worship and establish an attitude of unity. Every moment of Eid ul-Adha is also a chance to build solidarity between others.
“We distributed the Qurbani meat to all Muslims and Catholics. We feel bad if only Muslims get meat. It is better to share it with everyone so they can feel the pleasure of eating meat. Maybe Allah will give them guidance to embrace Islam. We never know,” added Yazid.