Zakat-ul-Fitr from Indonesia Received by Nearly 5,000 Recipients in Various Countries

Last Ramadan, the zakat-ul-fitr donated by the Indonesian donors was distributed not only in Indonesia but also in other countries that are affected by humanitarian crises like Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Bangladesh for the Rohingya.

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Muslims in Somalia receive zakat-ul-fitr from Indonesia. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – Zakat-ul-fitr is a personal obligation for every capable Muslim. It is paid in the month of Ramadan until before the Eid Al-Fitr prayer. It serves not only to purify our souls to complete our worship in Ramadan but also as a form of care for underprivileged communities during the joyous Eid celebration.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) distributes zakat-ul-fitr from the donors not only to the recipients in Indonesia but also to those in countries that are experiencing humanitarian crises. This year’s Ramadan, the zakat-ul-fitr fund was distributed to five countries around the world.

The first zakat implementation was carried out on April 29 in Palestine. Cash assistance and basic needs from the zakat fund were given to 2,165 beneficiaries at several points in Gaza, including Sheikh Radwan in Gaza City, and Om Al-Nasr and Jabalia in North Gaza.

On May 1, zakat-ul-fitr was also simultaneously distributed in other locations including in the Yemeni city of Marib, Idlib in Syria, and Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh for the Rohingya.

"We also distributed the zakat-ul-fitr to Africa. As many as 450 Somalian internally displaced people in Alhidaaya Camp in Garasbaley, Mogadishu, also received zakat-ul-fitr," said Andi Noor Faradiba from ACT's Global Humanity Network, Monday (5/9/2022).

In addition to refugees and underprivileged communities, the distribution of zakat-ul-fitr also targeted orphans and families who have lost their breadwinners. The majority of these families rely heavily on aid from the international community to meet their daily needs.

"Overall, 4,965 beneficiaries were reached by the distribution of zakat-ul-fitr funds, with most beneficiaries being the Palestinians and Rohingya,” explained Faradiba. []