UNAIR NEWS – Eid al-Fitr is a precious moment for migrants to gather with their families at home. However, the Covid-19 pandemic that spread across the globe this year urged the government to make travel ban regulations.
Alfian Muhammad Nur, as one of UNAIR students from Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara celebrated Eid al-Fitr holiday in Surabaya. According to him, fasting and Eid this year are very different.
“Fasting is different this year. In previous years, I used to be a volunteer in Ulul Azmi mosque. However, the mosque is closed due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Thus, I spend my fasting month in my boarding house with my friend, “explained Biomedical Engineer’s student.
For Alfian, there are benefits for staying here instead of going home. One of the examples is being a volunteer in social activities. Besides, Alfian became part of a community volunteer in Surabaya.
“We help the local community that has been affected especially in financial due to Covid-19 outbreak,” said him.
Aside from being volunteers for the local community, we can kill time before iftar. “Thus, the distribution of free groceries can also be our activity to be productive during Ramadan. Besides that, we also had iftar dinner together with all of the volunteer’s team,”he said.
“There are still many places in Surabaya that need our help. Especially in the slums area, “he added.
Alfian hopes that all students, especially from UNAIR can participate in the community to join volunteers, press members, and so on. Because through these activities, students can play a role in society in bringing change towards goodness. (*)
Author: Asthesia Dhea C.
Editor : Binti Q. Masruroh