Monday, July 4, 2016

Pinoy Muslims in Abu Dhabi send Zakat al-Fitr to aid poor in PHL

Filipino Muslims based in Abu Dhabi continued their yearly tradition of sending Zakat al-Fitr back to the Philippines before the end of the Eid al-Fitr, an Islamic holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
New Muslim Center administrator Dr. Nasser Raciles told United Arab Emirates-based news site, The National, on Friday that the Zakat al-Fitr provide the poor "with the means to celebrate Eid with other Muslims."
“Thousands of underprivileged Muslims back home have benefited from our Eid Zakat donations for more than a decade," Raciles said.
Zakat al-Fitr from the Filipino community are sent to imams of poor villages around the Philippines.
Islamic Relief defines Zakat al-Fitr or Fitrana as an obligation of adult men and women "in complete ownership and control of their wealth" who can provide the essential needs of themselves and their dependents.
Zakat al-Fitr is considered a fundamental pillar of Islam and a way to "ease the suffering of millions around the world."
Islamic Information Center preacher Yahya Maquiran told The National that their students will also donate and distribute rice packets to the less fortunate in Dubai.
“We’re encouraging our students to donate rice packets, which we’ll then distribute to low-wage earners or unemployed Muslims in Dubai and Sharjah," Maquiran said.
The New Muslim Center began sending Zakat al-Fitr to the Philippines in 2004. Rie Takumi/ALG, GMA News

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