Sunday, 28 May 2017
Muslim Organisations Should Not Make a Spectacle of Zakat Distribution
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
When people come to collect the zakat that is rightly due to them, Muslim organisations should not make a show of giving to them what was already their Due by Allah (s.w.t.). It borders on shirk to have ministers and guests of honour, cameras and an entire event planned to enhance the ones who give and humiliate the ones who receive.
This is what Muslim organisations and groups do every year, especially in Ramadhan. They give out a pittance, and then they take photographs and plaster it on the media, volunteers put it on their social media accounts, and they all think they have done some good. When people are in a state of need, would they want the world to know that they are in that state? This is shameful behaviour.
O ye who believe! Cancel not your charity by reminders of your generosity or by injury ― like those who spend their substance to be seen of men, but believe neither in Allah nor in the Last Day. They are, in parable, like a hard, barren rock, on which is a little soil; on it falls heavy rain, which leaves it (just) a bare stone. They will be able to do nothing with aught they have earned. And Allah guideth not those who reject faith. (Surah al-Baqarah:264)