ACTNews, BOGOR – It was early in the morning, but it was already crowded on the front yard of Az-Zikra mosque. There were a lot of worshippers; and there was also a line consisting of trucks parked along the road to the mosque. These trucks were filled with goods gathered by the worshippers for the earthquake victims of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.
From afar, beautiful Quranic recitation was heard. On Sunday (8/26) morning, tens of members of Majelis Az-Zikra, led by K.H. Muhammad Arifin Ilham, an Indonesian Muslim preacher and televangelist, dispatched ten trucks of humanitarian aid for Lombok with prayers. Forty-five tons of goods consisting of food and other items were sent to Lombok by trucks.
The dispatch of the 45 tons of goods was a collaboration between Az-Zikra and Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT). Director of ACT Partnership, Mukhti, stated that this collaboration was not the first humanitarian collaboration between two organizations.
“This morning, Alhamdulillah, we collaborated with Majelis Az-Zikra to dispatch 10 aid trucks, Insha Allah,” Mukhti stated.
After the dispatch of 20 humanitarian aid trucks by ACT and Jakarta Governor on Sunday (8/19), the enthusiasm of the masses to contribute in sending aid to Lombok has been bolstered. Majelis Az-Zikra was among those who were willing to participate in this noble effort.
The departure of the aid trucks from Az-Zikra mosque courtyard, Sentul, was accompanied by the chants of takbir (“God is Great”) that filled the air and mixed with the morning scent of Bogor. K.H. Muhammad Arifin Ilham recited the words of tasbih (“Glory be to Allah”), tahmid (“All Praise is Due to Allah”), tahlil (There is None Worthy of Worship but Allah”), and takbir as the trucks departed.
The members of congregation followed him in reciting these noble words, immersing themselves in their majesty. These ten trucks will be welcomed in Lombok in a few days to come, an island that has been utterly devastated in recent weeks due to the massive earthquakes.