‘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.

King Salman, crown prince thank interior minister for lowering crime

Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud
Updated 22 April 2018

King Salman, crown prince thank interior minister for lowering crime

  • The king praised the Prince Abdul Aziz and the ministry for these 'outstanding achievements"
  • The number of road traffic accidents decreased by 19.7 percent

JEDDAH: King Salman has thanked Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud for the security services’ work in bringing down the crime rate in the past year, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

In a cable of gratitude on Sunday, King Salman said: “We have read your Highness’ cable ... regarding the positive results of the performance indicators of the Ministry of Interior’s security services for the period from June 25, 2017, to April 18, 2018, compared to the same period in the previous year, which showed a significant improvement in the decline in crime rates in general.

“The rate of intentional homicide dropped by 6.5 percent, honor crimes dropped by 14.5 percent, thefts by 2 percent, and armed robberies by 10.5 percent.

“The number of road traffic accidents decreased by 19.7 percent, the number of fatalities decreased by 19.1 percent, and the number of casualties decreased by 15.9 percent.

“In the area of border security and combating drug trafficking, the performance in seizing smugglers rose by 7.1 percent, in controlling the borders and preventing infiltrations rose by 35.5 percent, and in arresting those who are convicted of illegal narcotics drug crimes by 34.95 percent.

“In tracking and arresting violators of residency and labor laws and border security, the measures currently adopted for joint security field campaigns (the 'A Nation without a Violator' campaign) resulted in seizing 987,007 violations to date.”

King Salman thanked the minister and everyone working in all the ministry’s sectors “for these outstanding achievements and successive accomplishments that reflect the efforts made and the steady improvement in performance levels, which led to a significant and obvious decline in crime rates and a rise in the level of safety.”

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also sent a cable of gratitude to the interior minister for the positive results.

He thanked the prince for the excellent performance of the Interior Ministry’s security services which showed a significant reduction of crime in the fields of premeditated murder, honor, armed robbery, traffic, border security as well as Iqama, labor and border-crossing violators.