Performing Qurbani in the Muslim-Minority Village of Banjarsari

In Kulon Progo, there are still villages inhabited by Muslim-minority populations. In 2019, Global Qurban - ACT slaughtered nearly 100 sheep there not only as a fulfillment of food, but also a medium for dawah.

Banjarasri residents receiving qurbani meat from Global Qurban - ACT. In this village, Muslims are a minority, and many of them live in poverty. (ACTNews / Eko Ramdani)

ACTNews, KULON PROGO – Clear water was running in the irrigation system that water the farms in Banjarasri Village, Kalibawang Subdistrict, Kulon Progo. When Global Qurban – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) team went there in August 2019, the village was not affected by the dry season. While other areas were affected by drought, Banjarasri had enough water.

The view of the mountains can be seen from the village on sunny days. Inhabited by 1,200 families, or approximately 4,300 total residents, only 30 percent of them are Muslims. Muslim houses of worship are very rare. Sarjono, one of the Banjarasri residents, said that, in 17 hamlets in Banjarasri, there were only 9 Muslim places of worship standing.

Because they are a minority, Banjarasri Muslim villagers rarely enjoy qurbani meat during Eid Al-Adha. This is also due to their poverty because most of the Muslims in the village work as low-income farmworkers. "Muslims here are a minority. They are mostly poor. In Eid Al-Adha, without somebody sending us qurbani, we won’t be able to savor qurbani meat," Sarjono said in August 2019 when the ACTNews team met him.

In August 2019, on the day of Eid Al-Adha, Global Qurban - ACT brought 95 goats to be slaughtered and the meat was distributed to residents of Banjarasri. After the Eid Prayer, residents flocked in front of the Banjarasri Village Hall where the goats were sacrificed. With the help of the locals, Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) divided the meat into hundreds of packages. They were distributed to the locals, both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Kharis Pradana from Global Qurban - ACT team said, all cities and regencies in Special Region of Yogyakarta sacrificial animals from Global Qurban. The meat was distributed to underprivileged residents and drought-affected communities.

"These qurbani animals were donated to Global Qurban – ACT. The meat is distributed not only to provide meat for the impoverished families but also as a medium for dawah (calling to Islam) in a Muslim-minority village. We are always trying to distribute the qurbani to the right targets/ We continue to strive to spread the goodness of sacrifices from the people of Indonesia for our brothers and sisters who are in need, "explained Kharis. []