ACTNews, PINRANG – The hamlet is located in the hills in Mesakada Village, Lembang Subdistrict, Pinrang Regency. The river flows through Makula Hamlet, a newly-established settlement inhabited by dozens of Muslim convert families.
Mesakada village is located in a remote area near the mountainous tourism area of Tana Toraja. To reach the village, one must go through a winding, steep road acriss the hills, cliffs, and ravines. This village has been hit by natural disasters like flooding and landslides.
Despite the difficult access to the hamlet, Global Qurban – ACT team came in 2019 to deliver best qurbani animals to new Muslim converts in Makula. It was a special year for the residents of Muslim Converts Village (Kampung Mualaf) in Makula, Pinrang Regency, South Sulawesi. That year, qurbani animals from generous Indonesian benefactors were slaughtered. The meat was then cooked into dishes that are familiar with the locals to be enjoyed together in the Qurbani Thanksgiving event.
"On the day of sacrifice, we (Makula residents) believe more strongly that brotherhood in Islam is real, and there are people who still care about us. We have long been left out, and many of us haven’t had that much knowledge. This Eid Al-Adha is the best for us," said Guntur, a community leader in Makula in August 2019.
Makula Hamlet is a settlement area established by Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) Pinrang volunteers. The volunteers have been teaching the Makula residents about Islam and its basics. They even built a mosque for the locals to pray.
Despite having converted to Islam for some time, many Makula residents still don’t know much about Islam. Some don’t even know how to perform ritual ablution (wudu). "The locals are in need of Islamic mentoring," explained Miftahul Jannah, an MRI Pinrang Volunteer (4/24/2019).
To date, MRI Pinrang has been regularly providing assistance to Makula in an effort to develop the locals’ lives and to deepen their understanding of Islam.