ACTNews, DELI SERDANG - "What are you doing here? You have to pay two thousand for one person if you want to watch! " Ayub Pringadi Marbun joked to the children who were watching the qurbani animals from Global Qurban – ACT being cut at Ar-Rahman Mosque, Dusun Selambo 3A, Amplas Village, Percut Sei Tuan Subdistrict, Deli Serdang Regency. The children smiled.
The qurbani sacrifice on Saturday (8/1) was quite special because, for the local villagers, qurbani sacrifice is quite rare. The old and the young were enthusiastic because there has been no qurbani in the Muslim-minority village.
"Last year, there was no qurbani. The last qurbani performed in the village was in 2017. It was unplanned as there was a generous donor who wanted to donate his qurbani to our village. This year, if there had been no qurbani donors, we would not have been able to distribute qurbani meat,” Ayub explained.
Of all 2,000 families in the village, only 250 of them are Muslims. Many of them can’t perform qurbani because of their unsteady income.
The children in Dusun 3A sitting on a bentor. (ACTNews / Reza Mardhani)
"The majority of people here works as shallot peeler, bentor (motorized pedicabs) drivers, and casual laborers. That’s why people here prefer to fulfill their basic needs first," said Ayub.
Alfiansyahri (51) was one of the motorized-pedicab drivers who received the qurbani meat. He works as an onion cutter at night. He admitted that the residents of the village cannot perform qurbani due to the financial restraints.
"As a bentor driver, I earn only IDR 40,000 to 50,000 a day. I also peel shallots, up to 30 to 40 kilograms a day. If that’s the case, we can rarely perform qurbani in the village," said Alfiansyahri.
This is why the locals were joyful when the qurbani meat from generous benefactors reached their neighborhood. "On behalf of the whole village, we thank you so much for the qurbani, and we hope that, in the coming years, Global Qurban will be able to help us performing qurbani again,” Alfiansyahri said.
Ayub also expressed similar statement. He hoped that the Muslim community in Dusun 3 will get more attention to maintain the brotherhood among the locals.
"Therefore, it is necessary for such activities to be held regularly to strengthen our togetherness. Insha Allah, the meat will be a blessing for the beneficiaries and a source of rewards for the donors who delivered their qurbani here to our village," hoped Ayub.
As the day progressed, at noon, everyone was taking a break from the meat cutting activities. Women poured ice lemonade and made fried snacks. The chant of salawat and litany was heard from the mosque’s loudspeaker. Such togetherness really heal their longing for qurbani sacrifice after years of waiting.