MUHAMMADIYAH.OR.ID, YOGYAKARTA – Muhammadiyah disaster responses are for humanity, benefit, and development of all creation. The movement refers to rahmatan lil alamin (a mercy to all creation).
According to Manager of the Muhammadiyah Family Food Security (Getapak) Program Bachtiar Dwi Kurniawan, if Muhmmadiyah aids provided for only Muhammadiyah people, an Islamic principle rahmatan lil alamin would become rahmatan lil Muhammadiyin.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Muhammadiyah has responded to a leading sector, namely the health sector, and worked for humanity by reinforcing community economy.
“The community economy reinforcement is offered for both Muhammadiyah people and public,” informed Bachtiar on Monday (1/3).
In collaboration with the Muhammadiyah COVID-19 Command Center (MCCC), the Getapak program should be addressed to not only Muslims and Muhammadiyah people but also all people inclusively regardless religion, ethnic, and race.
Bachtiar told that the Muhammadiyah aids are prioritized for COVID-19-affected people from various backgrounds such as Hindus in Bali.
“For instance, most of the beneficiaries in Bali were Hindus, and the local government supported the program. So were in Sragen that some volunteers and beneficiaries were non-Muslims.
Inclusive and Sustainable Food Security Aids
An Informal Assistant of the Getapak program in Sragen as well as a Christian Sugeng thanked Muhammadiyah for helping him and community through the Getapak program to cultivate catfish.
“I wondered whether or not the Muhammadiyah program could benefit us. I thought it’s a lie, but I believe that Muhammadiyah will never lie. Finally, we got the aid, and we thank for that,” expressed Sugeng.
Besides, the catfish farming was given to 15 non-Muslim youths living on Jalan Cantel Kulon, Sragen. They were laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bachtiar stated that, even though the Getapak program concerns with issues of food and economy rendered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the program eventually brings impacts on cohesiveness in community. He was aware that the programs cannot be solved alone.
“Thus, togetherness becomes a plus of the program. It successfully led many people to participate in the program. They shared the same problems and resulted the brotherhood,” he revealed.
He added that the COVID-19 pandemic is an endurance test, and consistency becomes the most difficult aspect in this disaster management. Thus, Muhammadiyah has attempted to provide sustainable aids since this movement focuses on sustainable empowerment and doesn’t come, hit, and run after distributing the aids.