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Ruling on giving zakat for a decent life project to support the livelihood of the poor..A scholar at Al-Azhar answers

Ruling on giving zakat for a decent life project to support the livelihood of the poor..A scholar at Al-Azhar answers

Sheikh Abu Al-Yazid Salama, one of the scholars of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, commented on the “Decent Life” initiative to develop the Egyptian countryside, which is one of the most prominent achievements of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, explaining the ruling on paying Zakat for the “Decent Life” project.

Said Abu al-Yazid Salama, in a statement to the echo of the country, Allah the Almighty in Surat Repentance indicating banks Zakat: (but alms to the poor and the needy and the workers on whose hearts and in the necks and Debtors in the way of Allah and the wayfarer ordained by Allah, and Allah is Knowing, Wise).

Salama stated that the generous initiative (a decent life) works to achieve a good life, adequate housing, appropriate treatment, and comprehensive care for the first, second and sixth categories (the poor, the needy and the debtors).

He continued: It is included in the seventh category (for the sake of God): education, so the person branched into seeking knowledge, it is permissible to give him from zakat what he needs such as maintenance, clothing, food, drink, housing, and books of knowledge that he needs. Therefore, training and rehabilitating those in need is necessary for the betterment of their conditions, and the condition of the whole society a fortiori.

And he emphasized that the society must contribute to this initiative, based on what the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, said to Muadh bin Jabal, may God be pleased with him, when he sent him to Yemen: (Inform them that God enjoined upon them charity in their money, which is taken from their rich and given to the poor). The money of the rich goes to the deserving of the poor.

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He emphasized that the philosophy of zakat is based on providing a decent life for the poor and needy by providing sufficient food, appropriate clothing, treatment medicine, and education for the children of the needy. as permissible.

Good life initiative

The “Decent Life” initiative, launched by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on January 2, 2019, and then turned into a national project at the beginning of this year 2021, to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the most needy groups in rural communities at the level of the Arab Republic of Egypt, to contribute to raising the level of daily services provided to citizens.

A decent life seeks to unify efforts among all state institutions in cooperation with civil society, private sector companies and development partners in Egypt and abroad in the file of sustainable development, and also aims to eliminate multi-dimensional poverty, in order to alleviate the burdens of citizens, especially the neediest families in villages and centers The targeted 4,658 villages with investments estimated at 700 billion pounds contribute to improving the lives of more than half of Egypt’s population, by setting an integrated development roadmap that harmonizes its goals and axes with the sustainable development goals of the United Nations by providing an integrated package of services including decent housing and health, Education, culture, infrastructure, a clean environment, and productive societies, in order to ensure the sustainability of development in the targeted villages and centers.

Its objectives are to raise the economic, social and environmental level of needy families in poor villages, enable them to obtain all basic services, provide job opportunities and maximize their productive capacities, thus contributing to achieving a decent life for them, organizing the ranks of civil society, and strengthening cooperation between it and all state institutions. Focusing on building people and investing in people, as well as encouraging the participation of local communities in building people and raising the value of the nation.

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