Posts Tagged ‘zakat accounting’

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“Anomalies” checker Sudan’s zakat fund

June 24, 2012

Sudan, one of six countries in the world with a mandatory, government-run zakat collection and distribution program, has accused its zakat chief of “administrative anomalies” regarding fund distribution.

The Koran 9:60 requires that the zakat tax be spent on eight groups:  1) the poor, 2) those in temporary distress, 3) the tax collectors themselves, 4) new converts to Islam as an incentive for conversion, 5) captives for their ransom, 6) debtors, 7) the mujahideen, and 8) wayfarers.

The Sudan Tribune is careful in its reporting to refer to the poor as the only eligible group, as is often the case when English speaking Muslims describe zakat in media that may be monitored by Western analysts.  But Sudanese lawmakers understand that Islam calls for a broader distribution of funds.

The zakat chief herself is probably well aware of group #3 above, and may have felt entitled to shave a little off the top.  The best case scenario is that this is just be another example of the miserable state of corruption, theftineffectiveness, extreme overhead, and incompetence of zakat administration throughout the Islamic world.

The more disconcerting possibility is that some of the unaccounted for funds may have been diverted to group #7 in accordance with the Koran.  But without the proper disclosures, we’ll never really know.

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Sudan: Lawmakers Grill Sudanese Minister Over Zakat Authority

>Khartoum — Sudan’s minister of social welfare, Amira Al-Fadil, faced volleys of criticism on Wednesday from members of the national parliament who accused her ministry-run Zakat Authority of administrative anomalies.Al-Fadil appeared in the parliament to answer questions regarding a report she previously presented on the operations of the Zakat authority which is run by the ministry of social welfare.

The head of the parliament’s external relations committee Mohammed Al-Hassan Al-Amin said that the director of the Zakat Authority has been receiving instructions to disburse funds to certain quarters instead of giving it directly to the poor as the authority’s mandate stipulates.

“We want the money to go directly to the poor without passing through intermediaries” he told the minister.

Another MP, Aisha Al-Ghabshawi, also criticized the Zakat Authority, accusing it of being involved in investment and commercial activities. She further faulted the Zakat authority for releasing funds through microfinance projects, saying that this has prevented the needy from receiving their money directly.

Similarly, the MP and former media minister Abdella Massar said that the Zakat Authority has turned into a tax-levying institution. He went as far as saying that the Zakat money was being spent on political agendas.

Massar demanded that the Zakat money be sent to the poor as required by the laws that established it.

Reacting to the criticism, the minister Amira Al-Fadil accused the MPs of being subjective. A remark she was later forced to apologize for after MPs insisted that she retracts her statement.

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Poor waiting for zakat since 2009

March 14, 2011

The Express Tribune reveals that thousands of Punjabi families have been waiting on the local zakat committee for over a year to distribute funds to widows, students, and the poor.  It’s another reminder that even when zakat is theoretically used for legitimate purposes, the corruption, lackluster accounting, cronyism, and ineffectiveness of zakat systems as a poverty-fighting model are remarkable.

More zakat, more poverty.  Read it all:

LAHORE: Over 200,000 families in Punjab have been waiting to receive financial help in the form of Zakat for the past one year, The Express Tribune has learnt.

The delay has been caused due to political disharmony between the coalition partners over the formation of district Zakat councils. The Punjab Ombudsman also wrote letter to the Punjab chief minister after it received thousands of complaints and directed the provincial government to constitute the District Zakat and Ushr Committee (DZUC) as early as possible for smooth and timely disbursement of Zakat.

District committees were last constituted in November 2007 and completed their tenure in October 2010 but disbursement of Zakat has been pending since 2009.

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Ten most revealing terror funding stories of 2009

December 31, 2009

If the FBI can do a top ten list of terror in 2009, we can come up with a list too!  Money Jihad selected these ten stories because they help expose the threat of jihadist financing in 2009 the best.

10.  Zakat funds jihad:  Candor alert—the leader of jihadists in the Caucasus let the cat out of the bag by admitting that most of his groups funding comes from forced zakat collections from the local populace.  Oops, or was it Muhammad that let that cat out centuries ago?  (And yes, this story also made my top 10 list of zakat scandals in the past five years.)

9.  WMD risks mount:  The Brits predicted that more money, more technology, and more mobility would lead to an increased threat of dirty bombs & illicit materials being used against us.  Najibullah Zazi and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab are proving them right.

8.  President is zakat enabler?  Despite ample warnings of the dangers of modern zakat-giving, including the funding of the 9/11 terrorist attacks through zakat, Pres. Obama promised in Cairo to help Muslims fulfill their zakat obligations.

7.  Abysmal zakat accounting throughout the year as documented in the short history of this blog here, here, and here.  Why is this a problem?  If you don’t really know where zakat is going, then you don’t really know where zakat is going.

6.  Palestinian aid scandal:  United Nations humanitarian “aid” to “Palestinian refugees” is revealed to give “services to people who simply don’t need the charity, and many are not refugees, and some are not even Palestinians” and even to use medical aid for military purposes.  This fiasco serves as a perfect case study in what Islamic fundamentalists do with “charity”—they funnel it into holy war.

5.  Jizya lives in Pakistan.  In accordance with the Hadith, Non-Muslims who wouldn’t pay the jizya (and even some who did), faced the ransack or eviction from their property, or even death.  The facts were so disturbing that even the accommodating U.S. State Department was forced to condemn Pakistan in its annual religious freedom report.

4.  Philippine ransom spree & beheading bloodbath.  Abu Sayyaf beheads those who won’t pay or can’t afford ransom payments as authorized by the Koran.

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