ACTNews, PINRANG – Makula, a name of a village in Makassar, Indonesia went viral a few weeks ago. Makula is a remote village located in the Administrative Village of Betteng, Lembang Subdistrict, Pinrang Regency where a group of Muslim converts live. Global Qurban - ACT will hold a Qurbani Thanksgiving with these Muslims in the upcoming Eid Al-Adha.
This Qurbani Thanksgiving will be the first time for the community of Muslim converts in Makula. As they are still living below the poverty line, last year none of them performed qurbani during the Eid Al-Adha. Their lack of knowledge of performing the sacrifice as well as the difficult access to their settlements where 250 people live make the qurbani meat distribution hard.
The Muslim community in Makula warmly welcome the Qurbani Thanksgiving. As an independent community, they participate in organizing the event. Guntur, one of the local public figures, expressed his gratitude to the donors, volunteers, and Global Qurban - ACT for the event.
“We are very grateful, we believe that the Islamic brotherhood is real and there are still many people care about us. We have been isolated in ignorance since a long time ago. Alhamdulillah, this Eid Al-Adha will be the best Eid Al-Adha that we have experienced so far,” he said
Makula has been under the supervision of ACT South Sulawesi and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI). The Muslim converts community in Makula have been periodically taught about Islam in order to deepen their understanding of the religion.
“For over 8 months, ACT and MRI alternately have been delivering coaching session for them and their children. They converted to Islam because they believe that Islam is pure, beautiful and full of love even though they did not know how to pray and and perform ritual ablution. They did not even know the number of raka’at of the five daily prayers,” said the coordinator of Indonesian Volunteer Community Branch in Pinrang, Miftahul Jannah.
Two heads of cattle have been slaughtered in Makula shortly after Eid prayer on Sunday (8/11). The qurbani meat that has been cut was then processed and cooked by the Muslim converts in Makula.
“This Qurbani Thanksgiving will motivate the community of Muslim converts to remain steadfast in Islam. Hopefully, each of those who works sincerely and in accordance with the sharia to share the happiness of Eid Al-Adha this year will be given abundant rewards,” Nur Ali as a member of Global Qurban - ACT team in South Sulawesi said.