MUHAMMADIYAH.ID, JAKARTA – Lazismu, the A-accredited Muhammadiyah Zakah Management Body (Lazismu) having many national awards of good governance, seeks to distribute people’s donations transparently, including donations for Palestine.
Lazismu works under Muhammadiyah Aid, a Muhammadiyah body governing all of the Muhammadiyah components concerning with humanitarian crises in Indonesia and overseas.
In a forum of “Syawalan Bersama Palestina (Shawwal with Palestine) conducted on Saturday (29/5), Program Coordinator of Muhammadiyah Aid Wachid Ridwan stated that Muhmmadiyah has actively played roles in supporting Palestine since many years ago.
Muhammadiyah administered public donations through three parts, namely advocacy for short-term, medium-term and long-term issues.
For the short-term program, the donations are used to provide food, drugs, and others. Lazismu gave canned food from sacrificial meat last year.
For the medium-term program, the donations become scholarship funds for Palestinian youths who would like to pursue their higher education (undergraduate degree, master’s degree, and doctoral decree) at Islamic University of Gaza or Muhammadiyah universities as Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto.
Besides, Muhammadiyah also established a school for Palestinian refugees in Beirut, Lebanon in 2020. This movement also gave prosthetic legs for war victims and regular health services.
“Thus, don’t worry. Insya Allah, Allah will reward your kindness, and the needy will receive your donations,” expressed Wachid.
For the long-term program, Muhammadiyah Aid tries to create peace and reconciliation.
Wachid declared that Muhammadiyah condemns Israel, and endeavors to offer rational resolutions. For instance, Muhammadiyah initiated conventions and agreements as The Arab Peace Initiative (2002) and The Abraham Accords (2020).
“I wish Indonesia could make a similar initiative. I think it’s logic, and Insya Allah Muhammadiyah will take roles in supporting it,” declared Ridwan.
On Saturday (29/5), Lazismu counted that donations for Palestine was up to 23 billion rupiahs. The amount was gathered from Indonesian Muslims and non-Muslims.
“I reached our partners in Gaza, and Insya Allah together with two other friends, I will go to Gaza from Egypt to distribute ambulances. Therefore, you can trust us that the Palestinians will receive your donations,” said Wachid Ridwan.