Indonesian Muslim Scholars and ACT Declare "One Helps One" Movement to Overcome COVID-19 Impacts

The "One Helps One" movement aims to alleviate the socio-economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ustaz Amir Faishol Fath participated in the declaration of the "One Help One" movement as an effort to deal with the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA - The social and economic impacts of COVID-19 in Indonesia has affects many people. Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) continues to collaborate with various parties to ease the impact of the pandemic. After launching a collaborative program with Jakarta Provincial Government, ACT and Indonesian Muslim scholars declared the "One Helps One" movement on Tuesday (5/5). This movement is a movement of caring for others to overcome the impact of COVID-19 on society.

A report from the Provincial Government of Jakarta shows that, over the past three months, the number of impoverished people has increased. For this reason, ACT continues to collaborate with many parties through several humanitarian programs. The "One Helps One" can be a major solution to overcome the food crisis caused by COVID-19. "One Helps One" means that an individual can help another individual, one country can help another country, one family can help another family.

Furthermore, the month of Ramadan is a moment to encourage collaboration between various elements of the society and Indonesian Muslim Scholars. Aksi Cepat Tanggap President Ibnu Khajar said in a press conference that this movement became a way to light the spirit to save the nation together. "Alhamdulillah, today, we have kindled the spirit, together with the ulemas, to save the nation because the rate of poverty is currently increasing. The 'One Helps One' movement is here so that no one goes hungry in this difficult condition. Through this movement, each person helps another person. ACT will fully support and oversee this movement and involve all elements of the nation regardless of ethnicity, race, and religion," said Ibnu.

The "One Helps One" movement initiated by the ulemas was inspired by the migration of Muslims from Mecca to Medina. The Muhajirins (emigrants) left their homes without carrying any wealth. The Ansar welcomed them with open hands, providing assistance to the Muhajirin.

"Alhamdulillah, the 'One Helps One' movement was responded positively by ACT. Of the total 260 million Indonesian populations, 220 million people in Indonesia are quite wealthy while the other 40 million live below the poverty line. If we help each other, we can alleviate the existing poverty crisis. This program transcends the boundaries of ethnicity, race, and religion. If we maximize this program, there will be no more poor people because one person helps another. Insha Allah, this movement can become a national movement regardless of background. Insha Allah, we can overcome poverty together," said Ustaz Haikal.

ACT President Ibnu Khajar (right), Ustaz Haikal Hassan (center), and Ustaz Amir Faishol Fath (left) declaring the "One Helps One" movement on Tuesday (5/5). (ACTNews / Reza Mardhani)

This movement also echoes the Quranic message that saving one soul is equal to saving humanity as a whole in the eyes of The Almighty. Ustaz Amir Faishol Fath showed support for this movement "Let all the Islamic scholars in Indonesia join together. We are united, and hopefully, this will be a blessing. Let's save the nation," he said.

Chairman of Aid Distribution Division of Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI)’s COVID-19 Taskforce, Ustaz Khairan Muhammad Arif also expressed his support for the “One Helps One” movement as part of an effort to maximize charity in the month of Ramadan. "If you really want to eliminate the impact of COVID-19, it can be done through charity. This has been stated many hadiths that charity can prevent diseases, disasters, and misfortunes. In addition, in the month of Ramadan, all the gates of heaven are opened. Charity is one of the ways to enter the heaven, especially during Ramadan. Let's support this movement so that we can maximize charity in Ramadan," he said.

Chairman of PP Muhammadiyah Din Syamsudin also invited the community to get involved in this movement. "In the month of Ramadan, in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, so many people have been affected financially. It is time for us to practice the teachings of the Quran by helping one another, cooperating in righteousness and piety. By supporting the needy, Insha Allah, the problems, difficulties, and the outbreak will soon pass. It’s time for us to be righteous, Let’s participate in the One Helps One movement," he said.

The declaration of this movement was attended by various other Muslim scholars, such as Ustaz Bobby Herwibowo, Ustaz Fadlan Garamatan, and other Muslim scholars. Ramadan is a special time to maximize good deeds. The scholars gathered, hoping that through a spiritual approach, the solidarity will be higher in this COVID-19 pandemic. []