A total of RM551.56 million in zakat has been distributed by the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council Centre (MAIWP) in 2018, including to 110,045 asnaf (recipients) through 28 aid schemes.
According to the text of the Friday sermon posted on the Islamic Development Department’s (JAKIM) website today, the direct distribution of zakat made through the aid schemes covers most aspects of the lives of the asnaf, such as basic needs, housing, education, business, welfare, and dakwah.
“The aid schemes run throughout the year and not just in certain months. There are also various other schemes and programmes offered by MAIWP Baitulmal to support and upgrade the standard of living of the asnaf. Through monthly financial aid alone, 22,000 heads of family are being assisted every month,” the text said.
By means of indirect distribution, the zakat collected were utilized through the establishment of educational institutions from early childhood to tertiary levels, as well as welfare and care centers, with 13 of such institutions and centers had been opened by MAIWP to date.
According to the text, MAIWP Baitulmal through its Asnaf Locator Squad had tried to reach out to the group rather than just waiting for them to request for the aid, and as a result, as many as 3,582 asnaf have been located and assisted so far.
The sermon also touched on the need to help the asnaf to get out of poverty and to succeed in finding their own source of income so that they would eventually become zakat contributors to others in need.
In line with that, MAIWP has also taken several proactive measures to realize such aims, including by collaborating with private companies to produce successful Baitulmal Entrepreneurs under the Baitulmal Entrepreneur Tunas Programme.
In addition, MAIWP also provides entrepreneurship aid to help the asnaf to venture into business, as well as an educational aid for asnaf children to pursue education to the highest level possible in order to have a good career and bring their families out of poverty.
Prior to this, it was reported that PPZ-MAIWP had collected a total of RM651.22 million in zakat last year, an increase of six percent compared to the previous year of RM615.19 million.
It was a collection made in the three federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Labuan involving 180,958 zakat payers, which saw an increase of seven percent from only 169,372 payers in 2017.
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