Zakâh is one of the five pillars of Islam that has been mentioned, along with daily Salâh (Prayers) over seventy times in the Noble Qur’ân. Just as Salâh is the most important act of worship which has to be performed bodily, so is Zakâh the main act of worship which has to be performed monetarily. Those who fulfill this duty have been promised abundant reward in this world and hereafter.
The distribution of Zakâh also holds high priority in Islam as there are strict conditions attached to its distribution. The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa has formulated policies and procedures to ensure that these funds are distributed correctly. Applications have to be filed with required documents to the welfare committee and a decision made on the type of assistance to be granted. It is the policy of the JU to distribute all Zakâh funds collected within that year.
Various avenues have been identified for the distribution of these funds. These are in the form of food parcels, rent, lights & water relief, medical fees, business capital and cash grants. We also have a fund reserved for widows and divorcees who do not have any financial support from family and friends. From this fund their entire monthly expenses are taken care of.
- Monthly Assistance
The changes in the economic sector have resulted in a tremendous increase in the rate of unemployment. A formal procedure is in place in terms of application, assessment, reviewing of cases and distribution of funds. Presently, 500 families are being assisted on a monthly basis in the form of food, rental, electricity and medical expenses.
More than sixty bursaries are awarded annually to deserving students to pursue studies at both Dinî and non-religious institutions. Furthermore, approximately two hundred destitute students are being sponsored to pursue basic lslâmic Education at madâris. Specialities such as education, science and agriculture among others have had preferential consideration in order to develop human resources as well as skills which the community needs.
- Relief: Local & International
The Muslim community has always responded to the needs of not only local projects but very positively to the cries of calamity and grief-stricken Muslims internationally. Our offices, as and when needed, co-ordinate relief efforts in order to assist Muslim brethren.
The JU (Lenasia Branch) operates a centre housing a ghusl facility for the deceased. The centre is open everyday and d manned for 24 hours. All related services (such as legal documentation; mortuaries and kafan) are provided. The physical address of the burial centre is 33 Cuckoo Avenue, Lenasia Ext. 1, Tel: (011) 854 6160.