First Cattle Qurbani on Labun Island After 50 Years

Located in the outer islands of Indonesia, people on Labun Island rarely perform qurbani. When Global Qurban – ACT came to deliver qurbani meat there, the locals claimed that it was the first cattle qurbani on their island in 50 years.

Residents of Labun Island in Batam City received qurbani meat from Global Qurban - ACT, Friday (7/31). (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BATAM - It's been 50 years that no one has ever sacrificed cattle on Labun Island, Balik Padang Subdistrict, Batam City, Riau Islands. The imam of the mosque on Labun Island, Salim, said that since his wife was born on Labun Island 50 years ago, no cattle has ever been sacrificed during Eid Al-Adha. They slaughter goats occasionally when there is a feast. Occasionally, they enjoy beef delivered by people from across the island.

"Maybe it’s been 50 years that there’s no cattle sacrifice on this island. Since my wife was born in Labun, there has never been any cattle qurbani so this is our first cow after 50 years, "said Salim.

The enthusiasm of the people of Labun Island was clearly seen when cattle from Global Qurban - ACT were slaughtered on an empty field that is usually used as a gathering place for the community. Their faces were glistening with joy as they witnessed the qurbani. In total, 100 packages of meat were distributed to the people of Labun Island, Friday (7/31).

The majority of Labun Islanders are traditional fishermen. They fish along the bordering water. They also sail through international waters that often passed by big fishing ships.

Labun Island is an island located only 28 kilometer away from Singapore. The high skyscrapers of Singapore can be clearly seen from Labun Island.

Nofran Reko from the Global Qurban – ACT Riau Islands program department revealed that Global Qurban - ACT will make the best efforts for the Riau Islanders. Due to its multiple Islands, delivering qurbani in Riau Islands becomes a challenge.

"The area of Riau Islands is only 10% land, making it quite unique and challenging. This time, we delivered qurbani to the people of Labun Island. We hope that, in the future, we can send qurbani to the whole archipelago,” said Nofran.

There are 2,408 islands in the province. To go to one regency and city to another, one must use ships, and to go to the smaller islands, one can use a small boat named pompong.

On this year’s Eid Al-Adha, Global Qurban - ACT is able to reach out to all provinces in Indonesia and 50 countries around the world despite the pandemic. []