‘Zakat can be used for medical treatment’

Abdullah Al-Mutlaq. (SPA)
Updated 03 July 2016

‘Zakat can be used for medical treatment’

RIYADH: Abdullah Al-Mutlaq, a top scholar, said that Zakat can be used for the medical treatment of the poor, including purchase of medicines and other operational costs.
Al-Mutlaq, who is also adviser at the Royal Court, made his observation at an event hosted by the Zamzam Association for Health Services, a charitable organization based in the Makkah region. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh, who is head of the senior scholars and the Department of Scientific Research and Ifta, was among those present.
According to Al-Mutlaq, there are multiple needs of the poor such as food, clothing, housing, medical treatment, marriage, education and job training. The cost of providing these services can be met from Zakat imposed by the Almighty Allah from the rich for the benefit of the poor in line with the teachings of Islam.
He added: “The importance of medical treatment for saving a person’s life is well known. Giving alms to help the poor falls into the same category.”
On his part, the grand mufti said that the Zamzam foundation has been providing great services to the people, and it deserves encouragement and moral support, both material and financial, in order to implement its aims to the fullest.
Al-Asheikh added: “Such a deed is among the best acts of worship.”
The Zamzam Association, based in the Makkah region, seeks to provide health service to the public in the region, and has set itself a vision which is seeking to be a model for leading health care charities and voluntary organizations. Its range of activities include maternal and child care; a mobile clinic program; charitable treatment; a program of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals charitable program; medical convoys; and outreach programs.

Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior has received more than 120,000 applications for driving licenses so far

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Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior has received more than 120,000 applications for driving licenses so far

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior has established six driving schools for women in different regions of Saudi Arabia, according to an interior ministry spokesperson.

Mansour Al-Turki said on Sunday that the ministry has received more than 120,000 applications for driving licenses so far and demand is still very high.

Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades on Sunday as the Kingdom overturned the world’s only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility.

At a press conference to mark the occasion, Al-Turki said there are 9 districts where female driving schools have not yet been established and there is evidence to suggest women in these areas want to learn.

The interior ministry spokesperson urged motorists not to violate regulations and infringe on the rights and freedoms of others.

Meanwhile, Director General of the Saudi Traffic Directorate, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Bassami said the directorate has developed a device to identify and verify driving licenses through a fingerprinting system.

He acknowledged there is great awareness among women in dealing with traffic rules and regulations, adding there are no traffic exemptions for women, only for people with special needs.

The move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s plan to modernize and reform Saudi Arabia.