Making Mosques a Solution to Economic and Social Problems

The pandemic has urged all parties to find the best solution. ACT collaborates with mosques in social and humanitarian activities, making them not only places of worship, but also places for economic and social revival amidst difficulties.

A congregant at Al Jihad Mosque, Johar Baru, Central Jakarta taking foodstuffs at the Food Alms Gathering Point (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA - In Jakarta, the poverty rate has increased by 1.11 percent. Reported by Merdeka.com, Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria said that the poverty in Jakarta had reached 4.53 percent. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the economy, resulting in the increase of poverty rate.

In collaboration with mosques, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) aim to assist the community in the midst of the economic recession. One of the programs that ACT initiated to support the community is the Food Alms Gathering Points that were established at various mosques. On Friday (11/6), food distribution through the Food Alms Gathering Point was held in Al Jihad Mosque, Johar Baru, Central Jakarta. The mosque administrators and the mosque board gratefully welcomed this activity.

Ade Firmansyah, a member of Al Jihad Mosque Board said that the presence of the Food Alms Granary at the mosque was a good step. Especially around the mosque, many of the locals have experienced the impact of the economic downturn since the beginning of the pandemic. Even before the outbreak, many of them had already lived in poverty.

"Through the Food Alms Gathering Point, ACT and the Al Jihad Mosque will invite local residents to also give to one another," said Ade.

The mosque board also wants to change the view that a mosque is merely a place of worship and religious sermons. With the existence of the Food Alms Gathering Point, mosques can also function as a place for the beginning of an economic and social awakening, especially during the pandemic.

Many of the Food Alms Gathering Points are set up in mosques. In Central Jakarta, there are already several mosques where the Food Alms Gathering Points were set up, including in Fatahillah Mosque of Tanah Abang Market.

"ACT truly supports the mosque board’s hope to turn a mosque into a center for social and economic awakening, especially through mutual assistance. Hence, we are inviting the surrounding community to share through the Food Alms Gathering Point. Truly, sharing will not decrease our wealth,” said Fuad Mursidi from the ACT Central Jakarta Program Department. []