ACTNews, JERUSALEM – Darkness and cold aid filled the Al-Aqsa courtyard on Thursday (5/27). Around 450 worshippers gathered to do a night retreat in the mosque, an Islamic tradition known as Itikaf. That night, the worshippers also took time to gather at one spot of the mosque to eat suhoor together.
The suhoor packages consist of fruits, mineral water, dates, milk, and bread, which is a staple food of the Palestinians. The suhoor packages were supported by the generosity of the people of Indonesia for the people of Palestine who were worshipping inside Al-Aqsa mosque. They ate their suhoor basking in the warmth of togetherness.
Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) reported that the suhoor distribution that day was not the first time. Previously, in early Ramadan, suhoor packages were also distributed to the economically underprivileged in Palestine, such as in Gaza. “In the last week of Ramadan, many Palestinians perform itikaf. Therefore, hundreds of suhoor packages were distributed to Al-Aqsa compound,” said Faradiba.
The distribution of the meal packages for the worshippers who performed itikaf were distributed not only in the area of Al-Aqsa Mosque. In Gaza, as many as 900 individuals have savored the suhoor packages since Sunday (5/26) to Friday (5/31). They were mostly poor families and worshippers in the mosques in Gaza.
Throughout Ramadan, ACT continues to assist the people of Palestine by providing iftar and suhoor meals. Additionally, in Ramadan 2019, ACT has distributed Humanity Cards to 300 murabitin, the Safeguards of Al-Aqsa. The families that have acquired the Humanity Cards can shop for basic needs in the stores that collaborate with ACT. “We gave Humanity Cards to the Safeguards of Al-Aqsa to strengthen them to be the last stronghold of Al-Aqsa against pressures from Israel.