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Kota Bharu : Arghi Wak Ttup'ak

Arghi Wak Ttup'ak.

Literally means Hari Buat Ketupat or Rice Cake Making Day.

Not that it is a big deal, that even a rice cake needs a special day but it is merely a way to describe the day before Hari Raya or Aidil Fitri. Since it is a tradition for locals to prepare rice cake ( ketupat ), a Hari Raya "signature dish", one day before Hari Raya itself, people ( the Kelantanese ) started to call the day as " Arghi Wak Ttup'ak " .

So, no matter whether they are really into rice cakes or not,
whenever the phrase is mentioned, it is no other but perhaps to describe that one day, normally hectic day, before Hari Raya !


The last day of Ramadhan ( in Malaysia ).

People rushing into and out of Kota Bharu, flocking shops and supermarkets for last minute holiday shopping, cramping the town small roads and turns with vehicles of all sort.
Since Friday 20th, Kelantanese living outside Kelantan are returning by droves to their hometowns throughout the state, to celebrate Aidil Fitri with fellow Kelantanese friends and relatives. Since the bulk of the population focused in and around Kota Bharu, seasonal heavy congestion of the capital is normally expected.

Did you pay your Zakat Fitrah ?

Zakat Fitrah or Zakat al Fitr is an obligatory charity on every Muslim at the end of the month of Ramadan.

In Kelantan, it has been somewhat a tradition for the needy ones or to be precise, those who entitle to receive their shares of zakat, to gather around the perimeter of Padang Bank, near Masjid Muhammadi, sitting cross-legged on the pavements, road sides or any available surfaces, often with a sack of rice between their knees.

My Zakat Fitrah went straight to the Kelantan State Islamic Council ( Baitul Mal ) thus I dont know how to explain this traditional practice of zakat giving.
But an acquaintance from the Cyber World, helped me with the whole idea and he even has a great explanation to it :


    On every Ramadhan, especially towards the end, one would find a lot
    (maybe in hundreds) of tok pakae (fakir miskin) around the mosque and its
    adjacent Padae Beng (Padang Bank or Padang Merdeka). Apart from their
    'colourful' appearance and nature, they had something in common. All of them
    had a small sack of beras (in cupak) , normally in those brown paper bags.
    And it was for this:

    Papa: 'Caghi hok buto'... he would asked us to. So we did, in the dim street lights...
    around the oblong Padae Beng.

    And when we found one, Papa would sit in front of him and...

    Papa: 'Assalamualaikum. Beghapo sechupok beghah ni?', he asked.

    Tok pakae: 'Waalaikum Salae', and told us the price of his sack of rice.

    Papa: 'Ambo beli deh', and handed him the money.

    Tok pakae: 'Ambo jua', he replied and pushed forward the sack.

    Papa then gave back the rice to the Tok Pakae as his zakat fitrah with its required aqad.

    A very unique ritual I don't think practised in other states.

    ( Quoted from Kitab Atok : tuturan alambina ~ The day before )

By the way Atok, correct me please, is it really " cupak " or do you mean " gantang " ? ?

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