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Friday, 15 August 2008

Saudi Arabia: Man refuses Zakat

Riyadh – A Saudi man has contacted the Ministry of Social Affairs to stop receiving his social security benefits after realizing the money came from Zakat. Zakat is one of the pillars of Islam through which 2.5 percent of a person’s savings is held for a full lunar calendar, and given to the poor.
According to the Holy Qur’an, “’As-Sadaqat’ (here it means Zakat) are only paid for the poor, and those employed to collect and administer the (funds); for those whose hearts have been inclined (towards Islam), and to free the captives, and for those in debt; and for Allah’s Cause, and for the wayfarer; a duty imposed by Allah. Allah is All-Knower, All Wise.” (Sura’t Al-Taubah, Verse 60) The man said that he was not eligible for one of the eight categories stated in the Holy Qur’an to whom Zakat is paid saying that he was not completely poor since he owned some property and had some savings.
The Minister of Social Affair Yousef Al-Othaimin thanked the man for his honesty and sense of social responsibility.
The man’s positive action reflects his great faith and belief that a Muslim should not take any Zakat money he doesn’t legally deserve, said the minister in a letter to the man. The minister hopes the man would be a good example for the benefactors registered with the 479 charitable societies. – SPA

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