DUBAI – Reviving Islamic spirits of helping those in need, an Emirates-based organization is leading a fundraising campaign to collect Zakat, alms, for needy Muslim cancer patients in the rich gulf emirate.
“Zakat has been a tremendous source of hope for thousands of cancer patients in the UAE who need support to get through this life-changing illness,” the Friends of Cancer Patients Society (FoCP) founding member Ameerah Bin Karam told Gulf News on Monday, June 2.
“We are eternally grateful for the significant contributions received, and are appreciative of the concerned individuals and corporate houses for their generous donations to the zakat campaign, allowing us to save more lives.”
The new idea of using Zakat money was suggested by FoCP to provide funds for all major types of cancer.
The collected Zakat money will be allocated for treating patients of breast cancer, leukaemia, lung cancer, prostate and brain cancer.
The campaign also aims to provide funds for “medication – mainly chemotherapy and radiation costs, the cost of procedures done abroad, and the provision of prosthetic limbs and other medical equipment,” the NGO said.
To ensure the effectiveness of the initiative, patients will be reviewed and approved according to FoCP regulations and zakat rules.
Offering cancer-specific help to UAE residents for years, FoCP could provide funds for 169 patients in 2013.
The Emirati NGO has supported nearly one thousand cancer patients over the past 15 years.
Zakat, the third pillar of Islam, is obligatory upon every (capable) Muslim.
According to Islamic Shari`ah, a capable Muslim pays 2.5 percent mandatory payment and spend it to help the poor and the needy.