ACTNews, BANGKA REGENCY– 2020 was a beautiful year for the Muslim converts in Pohin and Air Jaya Hamlets, Pemali District, Bangka Regency. Last year, they were able to enjoy the delicious Qurbani meat again after five years.
Vivi, a Muslim convert from Pohin Hamlet said there had been no Eid Al-Adha festivities since 2015 because none of the locals could afford qurbani animals to slaughter. Therefore, she was very proud when Qurbani animals were being slaughtered in her area.
"We want to enjoy Qurbani meat that we used to eat together here," said Vivi after receiving Qurbani meat from Global Qurban ACT in 2020.
ACT Bangka's Program Implementer, Bobby Bagaskara, explained that Pohin and Air Jaya hamlets were included in the Global Qurban-ACT Bangka Belitung 2020 Qurbani meat distribution map because around 550 families in the two hamlets were underprivileged Muslim converts. They were middle to lower-income earners who work as farmers in pepper or rubber plantations. Some of them even work odd jobs.
“Making sure that the distribution of qurbani meat reaches those who need it the most is one of the crucial points in distributing qurbani. This year, we will again make sure that the distribution is right on target," said Bobby, Saturday (6/26/2021).
In 2020, the qurbani animals were slaughtered at Al-Bina Mosque in Sempan Village. This mosque has been the center of religious activities for the Muslim converts. The administrator of Al-Bina Mosque Ustaz Zulfian says the converts still need more knowledge about Islam. “Attention from other Muslims to the converts here is still very lacking. Through the presence of Global Qurban - ACT, Muslim converts feel cared for," he said.