Kampung Arab in Palembang

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Kampung Arab in Palembang

Palembang is the home to diverse ethnicities. You will find Chinese descendants, Indian, Arabs, and several other races. Each cultural group has its own community, whether it be a dwelling, business, or congregation. A residence or home that accommodates a particular ethnic group mostly houses people of that same cultural background. An instance of that is the Kampung Arab, in which residents of Arab heritage primarily reside in this specific area.

The homes in Kampung Arab Lorong Al-Munawar is usually no distinct than any other house in Palembang. Based on their history, the initial Arab immigrants to Palembang came across the way from the Middle East to spread the religion of Islam. Only bringing together with the Holy Quran and a tombstone, the Holy Quran was brought to spread the teaching of Islam, while the tombstone was brought to mark their burial site when they were to perish in a foreign territory.

The houses of the respected elders in each Kampung Arab are situated to face the Musi River. Each house usually consists of a few thoughts of households, as several generations will occupy every residence.

 According to their civilization, a woman of Arab heritage can’t wed a man of non-Arab culture. But, an Arab person can openly be married into a non-Arab woman. A marriage between an Arab girl and a non-Arab man is going to be considered as a disgrace by their own culture, as based on their belief, it’s only the male who can take the bloodline of Rasulullah and not the women? Hence, if an Arab woman marries out of their race, then the bloodlines of Rasulullah will be stopped at these girls.

We were so lucky to have fulfilled some children of this Kampung Arab during our travels. First, they were shy and reluctant to take pictures, frequently running away to hide Supporting the walls of their house. However, after a while, they slowly warmed up and became friendlier, even requesting Nabila and Malikal to join them and play none of the games on the phone. They would play traditional games, such as skip rope, shadow puppets, and soccer. When I had been a small kid, shadow puppets were called ‘ambulan.’ The ambulan comes from the Word “to ambul,” so to Throw pieces of paper in the air. I let my children enjoy the games together. I wanted my children to experience traditional matches, get familiar with their fellow compatriots, known in their motherland, and be aware of their historical roots.

David Curry

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