Every (Hijriah – or Lunar) year, Muslims around the world celebrate Idul Adha or Eid al-Adha. In Indonesia, we also call it “Idul Qurban” (qurban/korban means sacrifice), as it is the “festival of sacrifice”. The term can be traced back to its origin – approximately four thousand years ago – when Prophet Ibrahim was instructed by Allah to sacrifice his own child (Prophet Ismail), but later Prophet Ibrahim found that it was not Ismail who was slaughtered – it was a ram instead.

Since then, we commemorate Eid al-Adha by slaughtering livestock animal: sheep or goat or cow or camel on that day.

To the present day! Btw, last year was the first time I have my own money since I was just graduated and got a job. Well, having your own money means you can do whatever you want with the money. At last I could do my own qurban! I was so excited back then and I started to look for any qurban service (qurban service? -_-” years ago my family went to a farm and pick a cow…). There are plenty of it in the internet, starting from a farm offering a goat or sheep and its delivery to a professional Amil Zakat organization who does all the work. Let’s see the flow below…

Amil Zakat Organization Qurban Service

Since I was (and still, until now) reluctant to choose my own goat, even if I choose it on the internet, and have it delivered to a nearby mosque who then perform the slaughter, I decided to put my trust on Amil Zakat organization (ones who collect and distribute zakat, but in Indonesia those organizations also accept and distribute any donations & qurban). There are plenty of it in Indonesia. Last year (1433 H) I chose Rumah Zakat and this year (1434 H) I chose PKPU.

  1. Rumah Zakat (Superqurban
  2. While the flow of Superqurban is the same with the flow I was picturing earlier, Superqurban preserved the meat (like corned beef) so that the meat can be consumed later and distributed to remote areas or when disasters come. I like the idea of having it processed (no need to consume it on the day, provide greater flexibility on the distribution) but this year I think some people deserves fresh foods. You can find it in Superqurban website. The donations ranged from Rp1.800.000,00 for goat, Rp12.800.000,00 for cow, and Rp2.000.000,00 for 1/7 cow.

  3. PKPU (Sebar Qurban Nusantara)
  4. The plus point (and the reason why I chose it this year) of SQN is that the fresh meat is distributed on Eid day. But, as I went through its proposal, I found that we can choose the distribution area of our qurban. Currently, SQN has 4 areas (west, central, east, and abroad). West constitutes Sumatra, Central means Java, East covers Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku, Nusa Tenggara, and Papua, and abroad encompass Asia and Africa (Rohingnya and Syria, I think). East was my choice this year. For this year, Goat and 1/7 cow is valued as much as Rp1.540.000,00 and cow for Rp10.750.000,00. Cheaper than Rumah Zakat, isnt it? I think that’s because Rumah Zakat only buy its animals from farms that’s nearby the processing house – and don’t forget the processing fee. Perhaps PKPU buy the animals from local farms across the archipelago.

Anyway! This year there’s a program, in cooperation with Dompet Dhuafa (another Amil Zakat) namely Kurbanku Berwarna or Colored Qurban. Oh no, that’s a nightmare! The sheeps used for qurban is colored – blue, green, red, etc. Oh no. Just no.

Oh, and btw, the reason I mentioned “1/7 cow” is that because the camel or cow can be shared with seven people, so basically paying for 1/7 cow (the same as paying for 1 sheep) is enough for your entire family’s qurban. Last year my qurban was a goat and this year it’s 1/7 cow.

So what’s your choice this year?

Well, actually, that’s a hanging pinata. lol =)) You can find it here.

Yesterday, Google celebrated its 15th birthday. What caught my attention was a mini-game on Google Doodles; we try to hit the pinata with a bat (well, technically the hanging pinata is a swinging pendulum and the bat has an axis) so in order to score the game you have to have a fundamental-physics understanding.

Since my physics illiteracy is oh-wow-even-an-elementary-school-student-has-better-understanding-of-physics-than-me, at first attempts I only score 80s.

But, everything changed when the Fire Nation attack! No. It changed when I went home and met Shanni and told him about the game.

He easily scored 150s. oh wow.

At first I thought that was just his good-luck in game (he is a gamer btw), but it turned out that it’s because he is physics-literate. He (maybe unconsciously) thought that the collision makes the score higher (he then explain Newton’s I, II, and III Law to me and say that the middle/lowest point of the pendulum has sigma-F zero and also highest acceleration) and also utilize the Law of the Lever for the bat.

To sum it up, you hit the pinata with the end/tip of the bat and hit it when the pinata is in its lowest point, when going back from the left to make highest effect of collision.

Well ok. :)) thanks Shan for reminding me of the Newton theory and those basic physics :)) I am really bad at science.