Zakat-ul-Mal Enlivens Mongolian Muslims’ Eid Amid Strict Quarantine

Due to strict quarantine rule, many Mongolian Muslims have not been able to earn any income. Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) delivered the Zakat-ul-Mal from Indonesian citizens to the needy in Bayan-Ölgii Province, Mongolia, on Saturday (5/23) and Sunday (5/24).

Handover of assistance to one of the recipients. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BAYAN-ÖLGII - Hundreds of food packages piled up in one of the buildings in Bayan-Ölgii Province, Mongolia. The packages contained various kinds of staple foods. Aiming to enliven the Eid celebration of the Mongolian Muslim families, the staple packages were distributed in Bayan-Ölgii Province on Saturday (23/5) and Sunday (5/24).

Around 242 families benefitted from the aid distribution funded by the Zakat-ul-Mal from the Indonesians. They were poor Muslim families who must celebrate their Eid in the midst of difficulties due to the current pandemic as Mongolia impose strict quarantine rules.

"Because we know that, during this pandemic, everything is difficult, so we want to help the people in Bayan-Ölgii who are living in poverty. We delivered staple food packages to them so they can enjoy the Eid-ul-Fitr celebration this year, "said Firdaus Guritno from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT.

Firdaus thanked the benefactors who have funded the aid package distribution. “May these food packages be able to uplift their hope in the Eid season," said Firdaus.

Food packages that were ready to be distributed to Ölgii residents. (ACTNews)

As reported by AFP, Mongolia on March 12 become one of the first countries to close its borders in the face of the growing global epidemic.

Universities, schools and kindergartens are closed until September, conferences and public protests are banned, children under 12 are not allowed in malls or restaurants, and facemasks are mandatory.

"The country will keep the quarantine rules until a vaccine becomes available," Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa told reporters in the country's parliament.

The strict quarantine rules also affect the economy of the community in Bayan-Ölgii. As revealed by The National, In Ölgii, the province capital, a Covid-19 testing and quarantine center has been set up and so far all the results have been negative.

But, over the last two decades, they have turned their livelihoods to focus on the country’s rapidly evolving tourism industry. Several Kazakhs plunged all their resources into an economy that has now halted. Each year, the annual Eagle Festival would bring around 6,000 tourists to the mountain province. Without this, many Kazakhs in Mongolia are left wondering how they will feed their families. []