Islamic Minister discusses expanding Zakat House

Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr. Shaheem met with the Director General of Kuwait Zakat House Dr. Majid Sulaiman Al-Azimi to discuss on upgrading Maldives Zakat House services --

Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr. Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed has met with the Director General of Zakat House Director Dr. Majid Sulaiman Al-Azimi to discuss upgrading the Maldives Zakat House.

The minister confirmed this via X (formerly Twitter), highligting that the two discussed about expanding the services of the Zakat House, including staff and Sharia Board training, and the legal requirements of Zakat recipients.

Earlier, the minister announced the administration's plan to introduce a financial aid system to extend aid to orphans permanently. Dr. Shaheem said orphans will receive financial support annually until adulthood.

However, the minister did not specify how much the government intended to provide as financial support each year.

The current administration established the Maldives Zakat House with the objectives of increasing public awareness on the importance of paying Zakat, and foster love among the public towards the Islamic sacred act.

Under the Zakat Fund, government provided financial support to 52 individuals earlier in March 2024.

Statistics recently provided by the Zakat House showed the fund had been disbursed mainly in four areas, which are;

  • For Cancer Treatment - MVR 190,822.50
  • Brain Surgery - MVR 180,407.19
  • Heart Surgery - MVR 8,482.00
  • Transplants - MVR 25,443.00

Additionally, another MVR 227,872.50 was disbursed for various other areas.