Monday, August 8, 2011

To give or not to give, that is the question

Read this.

Even though that article is from The Malaysian Insider which is a tool of the opposition and hated by pro government supporters, the issues brought up by Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin is the truth about the reality that is going on at the zakat (alms) administration which are so difficult in giving alms to the needy.

We can read it in newspapers about how the poor and the needy complaint about how the person who has the power is making things difficult for them to get the alms.

Read another article here.

I am quite perplexed when I read about the distribution of the alms for 2010 here.

The collection for 2010 increased 20% from the previous year (2009). In 2009, MAIS (Lembaga Zakat Selangor) collected the property alms amounting to RM267.1 in comparison to RM319.5 in 2010.

In 2010, MAIS via LZS had distributed the alms amounting to RM330 in comparison to RM279.2 in 2009.

How is it possible that the distribution is more than the collection? There seems to be a deficit in the collection when the distribution is more than the collection.

Is there something wrong with the report? Has the report been tampered with to cover up holes in which maybe someone had stolen the money? I am not accusing anyone. Merely asking because even the most pious of people will be corrupted when they are facing with a huge sum of money.

Can someone from Lembaga Zakat Selangor give an explanation on this?

That is why I think if Muslims feared that their alms is not being given to the needy as they are supposed to, maybe they should give it to them directly by giving it to the poor or to the orphanage houses.

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