This is an update on my posting regarding JIM’s efforts to organise a Ramadhan relief programme. Today they held a media conference and thus official launched its programme. I do hope it will garner enough support from fellow Muslims in Malaysia. I wish we organise something similar to a soup kitchen but for Muslims.
A soup kitchen according to Wikipedia, it is a place where food is offered to the hungry for free or at a reasonably lowprice. Frequently located in lower-income neighborhoods, they are often staffed by volunteerorganizations, such as church groups or community groups. It is called also a bread line or meal centre. I read once that a charity in Kuala Lumpur is doing just that on certain days. Interestingly enough, the charity which run the soup kitchen not only serve hot food at its centre but also go around handing packets of freshly cooked meals to homeless and the less fortunate in KL. What’s more it is halal food although the organisation is not of Muslim background.
I guess as usual, non-Muslims are doing way better charity-wise than us especially we are supposed to be much more caring to others being Muslims. Food on the other hand is always not enough for both those who are able to buy and those who are scrapping a living. Pretty ironic situation isn’t it. On one hand, the well-to-do don’t seem to have enough food due to wanton greed. Make no mistake as availability isn’t an issue for these guys as the table creaks under the weight of foodstuff laden on it. However, even that it isn’t enough although much of it go to waste. A simple site visit to any hotel or eatery at its garbage disposal facility will attest to this fact. For the have-nots, the question of availability is an oxymoron indeed.
Probably our usual Ramadhan bazaar should set up a “Sponsor A Meal” counter and be open at 4.00 p.m. until 5.30 p.m. collecting some money before using it to buy meals for the homeless and poor. After all, a mere RM1 a day from every people who gawks and hawks at these Ramadhan won’t burst their pockets at the very least. Then again, charity is very hard for most of us as helping oneself is paramount above others. I guess when the day that the number of rich people surpasses those of the poor, then the table will be turned as rich men beg people to take their donations (hint: signs of the Day of Reckoning approaching closely).
Well, that’s my accompanying 2 sens worth of the following news article.
Source : Bernama Online
JIM Sasar 60,000 Penerima Bantuan Ramadan Di 15 Negara
KUALA LUMPUR, 24 Ogos (Bernama) — Pertubuhan Jemaah Islah Malaysia (JIM) menyasarkan kutipan derma RM300,000 daripada orang ramai untuk diagihkan kepada 60,000 umat Islam di 15 negara yang amat memerlukan bantuan menerusi program Rayuan Ramadan 1430H JIM.
Program penajaan berbuka puasa dan sedekah itu, yang dilancarkan Isnin oleh Timbalan Pengarah Program Rayuan Ramadan JIM, Wan Mohd Zukri Che Mat Zin, memberi peluang kepada orang ramai membantu umat Islam yang fakir dan miskin, yang sedang ditindas, yang ditimpa musibah dan yang dipinggirkan.
Tahun lepas, JIM mengagihkan sumbangan berbuka puasa kepada lebih 40,000 penerima di Sudan, Palestin, Mindanao, Selatan Thailand, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Kemboja, Vietnam dan Malaysia dengan kutipan sebanyak RM200,000.
“Dengan pertambahan lima lagi negara, Rohingya (Myanmar), Turkestan Timur, Bangladesh, Iraq dan Pakistan, kami berharap rakyat Malaysia dapat memberikan sumbangan membantu lebih 60,000 penerima kali ini,” katanya di sini hari ini.
Wan Mohd Zukri berkata, untuk menyertai program yang telah diadakan sejak tahun 1999, orang ramai boleh menghulurkan sumbangan wang tunai secara individu atau secara berkumpulan bermula hari ini sehingga 10 Sept ini.
Mereka yang berminat boleh melakukannya secara talian menerusi laman web firstname.lastname@example.org atau menghubungi sekretariat program Rayuan Ramadan di talian 03-41089669/03-41053159.