WHILE the current restrictions on public movement and economic activities are challenging for many, especially low-income communities, there are ways for organisations to help out.
Places of worship not only provide solace during these times, they can also raise spirits and bring cheer to the local community.
At Masjid Jenjarom in Kampung Jenjarom, Kuala Langat, a group of volunteers are spreading comfort through food every Friday and Sunday morning.
People who pass by the area — mainly farmers and petty traders — usually stop at the drive-through lane to grab a simple breakfast.
They get a packet of nasi lemak or roti canai with hot teh tarik. Sometimes, they are given fresh vegetables, fruits and eggs.
Mosque welfare bureau chief Moh Muslimen Omar said the programme started during Ramadan to replace the usual moreh or communal meal at the mosque.
Moreh — where food is contributed by those in the community — is held after terawih prayers.
“As there was no moreh this year, we wanted to find another way to offer food to the villagers.
“The mosque had initially funded the programme and later, others came forward to donate cash, food and even groceries,” he elaborated.
He added that the mosque decided to hold the programme twice a week after the end of the fasting month.
The committee distributes about 100 packs of food each time, although this depends on the amount of donations received.
Moh Muslimen said safety and health were of paramount importance to minimise congestion and other risks.
“We wanted a drive-through stretch that is not busy, but still accessible,” he said.
He hoped the programme — which mobilised mainly young adults as volunteers in the village — would help inculcate community spirit.
“We hope to continue this programme for as long as possible as it is a chance to do our bit for the community,” said Moh Muslimen, adding that response had been encouraging.He said the mosque was awaiting an announcement from the state religious authorities on whether korban (animal sacrificial rites) would be allowed for Hari Raya Aidiladha next month.