‘Zakat can be used for medical treatment’

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


41 job types designated as Saudi-only

Saudi Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi. (SPA)
Updated 3 min 33 sec ago
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41 job types designated as Saudi-only

  • The ministry of labor announced the job types and activities limited to Saudis

JEDDAH: Saudi Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi has issued a decree to limit work in 41 activities in Madinah to Saudi men and women starting April 7, 2019, for nongovernmental organizations and June 10, 2019, for hospitality and tourism sectors.
The ministry announced the job types and activities limited to Saudis in closed markets, commercial centers, malls, NGOs and the hospitality and tourism sector which include: Light-vehicle driver, order taker, safety and security officer, food service employee, telephone operator, data-entry clerk, administrative clerk, secretary, general services supervisor, room service supervisor, maintenance supervisor, sales and marketing supervisor, safety and security supervisor, tourism programs supervisor, front office supervisor, supervisor of telephone operators, overseer, director of security and safety, acting director, maintenance manager, room service manager, customer service manager, administrative manager, sales and marketing representative, director of tourism programs, director of the front office and director of staff relations.