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Zakat meant to aid poor, not for keeping?

August 17, 2011

The deputy prime minister attends the Nur Ramadhan programmme at Muadz bin Jabal Mosque in Setiawangsa today. — Picture by Jack Ooi

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin urged today a review of how zakat money was being distributed, saying the current distribution method had cast a shadow on how Muslim-majority Malaysia was treating its Muslim poor.

The deputy prime minister acknowledged that poor Muslims, especially those living in urban centres, had been marginalised due to poor distribution of the compulsory Islamic tax.

“Zakat management, especially by Islamic companies and institutions who collect as much as RM235 million a year, could be better ... (the current practice) gives the impression they (the poor) are marginalised,” he said while officiating at a Ramadan aid distribution event in the Masjid Muadz Bin Jabal here this evening.
He stressed that the Islamic tax money was meant to be given out to benefit poor Muslims, and appeared regretful that they had been forced to turn to those from other religions for aid.

“Zakat is meant to be given out to help the poor, not for keeping,” Muhyiddin said in his speech earlier.

“It’s shameful for us to be called a model Islamic nation ... Muslims in our country must be more committed,” he added.

Source: The Malaysian Insider


Ampuan Awang said...

Hasil kutipan zakat kita BANYAK bukan main, tetapi orang-orang MISKINnya masih sama; tetap FAKIR. Salah siapakah? Orang MISKIN yang salahkah kerana tidak masih berkeras tidak mahu memBANTU diri sendiri, atau orang di ATAS sana kurang PEKA dengan keadaan si FAKIR? Atau kedua-duanyakah yang berSALAH?

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