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ACTNews, WEST LOMBOK – Lombok, a place known widely for its halal tourism, is slowly recovering after the earthquakes that hit months ago. The island is slowly being filled with tourists. Nurwahidin, a potter in Lelede Village stated that the sales of his potteries drastically decreased. Two months after the earthquake, he did not manage to make a sale of his pottery.

Most of his buyers, Nurwahidin said, came from nearby restaurants, hotels, and villas that were being rebuilt, but they were not as many as the number of buyers before the earthquake. “There was once a complaint about lack of shops for the tourists to get some snacks or drinks,” said Nurwahidin.

The tourists’ complaint can now be resolved with the launching of Waqf Shops in Al Muahhidin Islamic Boarding school in Lelede Village, Kediri Sub-District, West Lombok. On Thursday (11/29). According to Nurwahidin, the Waqf Shop can not only fulfill the needs of the tourists, but also attract more visitors to Lombok. Now, apart from pottery shops, there are sharia-compliant modern Waqf Shops in Lelede.      

According to Nurwahidin, sharia-compliant shops should be the primary element of Lombok tourism. Halal tourism in Lombok is rapidly developing. Even the regional banks also adopt sharia economy. “We the locals happily welcome the Waqf Shops where we can donate for waqf while we are shopping,” said Nurwahidin.

Waqf Shops are useful for the tourists to buy what they need as the shops provide various items at cheap rates.

Meanwhile, Mahli, head of Kebun Daya Indah Hamlet said that Lelede Village is known for its potteries. Tourists often visit the village and rent a horse-drawn Cidomo (carriage) to visit local art shops.  

“There is a neighboring village named Banyumulek that is also known for its crafts. To get there, however, the tourists must go through this village,” said Mahli.

Therefore, Mahli added, the Waqf Shop will be able to support the tourism in Lelede because, previously, there had been no convenient shop in this village.

Mahli appreciated the Waqf Shop in his village. He saw it as a unique way to do an act of charity by donating for waqf through shopping.

“Before this, all we knew about waqf assets is limited only to mosques and Islamic schools, but now we know that there are waqf assets in the form of shops that can bring more benefits to the society,” Mahli concluded. []