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Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs launches Zakat campaign

June 27, 2014

Staff Reporter

Muscat:The Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs has begun its Zakat campaign, in association with Bank Nizwa and Meethaq Islamic Banking, urging the public to contribute to the fund, which helps people in need of assistance.

Talking to reporters during a press conference, Sheikh Ahmad bin Saud Al Siyabi, secretary general of the office of Ifta in the ministry, said the concept of Zakat in Islam has its religious, as well as social significance. The idea of Zakat underlines the importance of collectiveness

in society.

He said that Zakat is the right of all kinds of poor and needy from the wealth of rich people. He said that rich should donate a certain percentage of their wealth annually to poor.

Dr Saleh Al Qasmi, director general of Awqaf and Bait Al Mal, said the ministry encourages people to pay Zakat, as enshrined in the teachings of Islam, at stipulated times of the year.

The Zakat money will be distributed among poor. Two Islamic banks in the country, Bank Nizwa and Meethaq, have Zakat accounts for collections of donations, said Al Qasmi.

He added that both Bank Nizwa and Meethaq Islamic banks have services which support deductions of Zakat from accounts, if specific requests are made by subscribers.

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Source: Times of Oman

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