ACTNews, SOUTH JAKARTA — Although it is still in the grip of a pandemic, the current situation in Indonesia is much more under control. The government has also eased restrictions on community activities. This year, Muslims in Indonesia will be able to participate in congregational prayers, homecoming, Umrah worship, and even holidays and gatherings across the country. The Indonesian economy is gradually improving, as evidenced by data from the Ministry of Finance for the first quarter of 2022, which show GDP was higher than the 2019 average.
Muslims should be grateful for the improved economic and living conditions. Qurbani is one type of expression of gratitude. Even as the costs of living rise, particularly for families, such as school fees and even family vacations, it is appropriate for a Muslim to be willing to carry out one of the highly recommended Allah's commands if we are able, namely Qurbani.
As the word of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala in Surah Al-Kawthar, “ (1) Indeed, We have granted you, [O Muḥammad], al-Kawthar. (2) So pray to your Lord and offer sacrifice [to Him alone]. (3) Indeed, your enemy is the one cut off.
Mukhti, President of Global Qurban, expressed gratitude for the Qurbani's high religious and social values. The person who sacrifices receives one good deed for every hair of the Qurbani animal. We can improve the quality of our relationships with Allah and our fellow humans by performing Qurbani.
"Socially, Qurbani can make poor people happy because they never eat meat because of the high cost. Their economy is deteriorating, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic," Mukhti explained on Wednesday (5/25/2022).
Recognizing the significance and benefits of Qurbani, Global Qurban - ACT's theme for this year's Eid ul-Adha is "Strengthen Your Will, Must Do Qurbani”. Hopefully, Muslims understand the importance of performing Qurbani.
"Must Do Qurbani is a form of piety and gratitude to Allah. It is also an expression of concern for humanity," Mukhti explained.
In the implementation of Qurbani in 2021, Global Qurban distributed Qurbani meat to 37 countries and 278 regions in 34 provinces of Indonesia. The total number of Qurbani animals reached 24,505 goats, consisting of 869 cows, 2,472 goats, and 28 camels.
Logo of Must Do Qurbani. (ACTNews)
“The beneficiaries reached 1,907,164 people and involved 23,071 volunteers. Hopefully, this year's Qurbani will increase from last year in the number of animals, distribution areas, and beneficiaries," Mukti hoped.
This year, Global Qurban plans to distribute Qurbani meat to 60 countries, including 18 in Asia, seven in the Middle East and Syria, 28 in Africa, and seven on other continents. Furthermore, the Qurbani distribution target for this year includes 385 regions in 34 provinces in Indonesia.
Preventing Mouth and Nail Diseases in Qurbani Animals Through Intensive Management
Mouth and nail diseases are becoming more common, infecting even slit-toed animals like cows, goats, and sheep. This disaster, however, should not deter Muslims from continuing to perform Qurbani. Global Qurban - ACT anticipates this by intensively managing the Qurbani animals in the Waqf-based Livestock Barn (LTW), which means they are overseen by a team of veterinarians. With this effort, Global Qurban - ACT hopes to maintain the quality of the Qurbani meat delivered to the brothers and sisters in need while also adhering to Islamic law.