ACTNews, LOMBOK – The worshippers prayed solemnly on a field where An-Nur Mosque used to stand. This mosque which was located near Integrated Community Shelter (ICS) in Gondang Village, Gangga Sub-district, South Lombok Regency is now razed to the ground. Even so, some local Muslims there still performed Eid Al-Adha Prayer on its site. For them, this masjid was big enough for the Muslim residents in four hamlets in Gondang Village.
“This mosque was enough for Muslims from four hamlets to perform Eid Al-Adha Prayer. However, it is now flattened to the ground and we have not rebuilt it yet. We can’t rebuild it at other location due to some capacity and distance issues. Hence, we still pray on the site where this mosque used to stand to perform Eid Al-Adha prayer because its capacity is enough for the worshippers from those hamlets,” Kemar, one of the administrators of An-Nur Mosque said on Tuesday (8/11).
Those four hamlets are Karangpendagi, Karangbedil, Karangamur, and Karanganyar. Kemar said that a year after the magnitude 7 earthquake hit Lombok on August 2018, the situations in those villages started to get better. There were a hundreds of people participated in Eid Al-Adha Prayer at that location this year.
Nonetheless, he also admitted that some of the locals are still traumatized from the earthquake last year. Up until now, some of those locals immediately become alerted when they feel slight tremors.
“Since none of us knew that the earthquake could be that big even though it didn’t last long, we felt like being lifted up then thrown to the ground. Afterwards we found almost everything around us were damaged,” Kemar recalled.
Since then, they have been receiving a plenty of aid even to this day. One of the aid is the construction of the Integrated Community Shelter for the victims of Lombok earthquake whose homes have not rebuilt yet.
“We benefit from ACT during the emergency phase up until now. We received a lot of assistances so far. Even the ICS still exists since last year. It helps us so much since rebuilding our houses may take long time,” he added.
In addition to that, during Eid Al-Adha, ACT through Global Qurban will again share happiness of Eid Al-Adha to some of the victims of Lombok earthquake last year. Fifteen heads of cattle from Kajian Musawarah have been slaughtered and the meat has been distributed for the residents of ICS in Gondang, South Lombok.
“Alhamdulillah, today we slaughtered 15 cows from Kajian Musawarah through a program called Musawarah Berkurban. The meat of these 15 cows will be distributed in all of the sub-districts in South Lombok. The residents of ICS will also receive the meat. In addition, on Monday 12 August, a Qurbani Thanksgiving will be held,” said Romi Saifuddin of ACT Lombok Program Team, Monday (8/11).
Rifai, one of the residents of ICS Gondang thanked ACT for its contribution since last year. “The earthquake has passed but we are still rebuilding our homes until now and it takes time. Alhamdulillah, this program which was organized by ACT and Global Qurban has eased the burdens of ours,” he said.