Dubai Customs and Zakat Fund united to do goodness

Published September 13th, 2009 - 08:38 GMT

Dubai Customs signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Zakat Fund that aims to offer employees' Zakat and varied contributions to the Fund in order to be distributed according the legitimate allotted expenses and inline with its vision and distinguished expertise in this field and the mutual coordination of organizations in charitable action in order to serve the Emirati community.

The MoU was singed at the Dubai Customs' headquarters by H.E. Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Dubai Customs Director General and H.E. Abdullah bin Aqeeda Al Muhairy, UAE's Zakat Fund Secretary General on Sunday, August 30th, 2009.

The MoU entails a mutual and joint cooperation between both organizations in the field of humanitarian and social action in the UAE and raising awareness of the significance of Zakat among all individuals especially on different religious occasions and seasons of goodness. The MoU also mandates holding lectures and seminars in all Dubai Customs' centers to make use of social collaboration to the utmost.

The MoU will facilitate fixing counters for Zakat Fund which will be placed at Dubai Customs' headquarters and in different 14 customs centers in Dubai. These counters will have coupons with different money categories that can be purchased by employees and clients as Zakat or donations. Moreover, there will be orientation brochures that introduce Zakat concept and its importance.

H.E. Ahmed Butti Ahmed said:" We are honored to work with Zakat Fund which is a federal organization that excels in the field of collecting and giving Zakat in an excellent and legitimate manner. This MoA will help us implement our strategy of reinforcing social development and supporting charitable and humanitarian action since Zakat noticeably help accomplish social security in all communities."

H.E. Ahmed Butti Ahmed added:" This holy month of Ramadan constitutes a great opportunity to disseminate awareness of Zakat as a gracious Islamic pillar. We have to seize this opportunity to urge people to do good and further solidarity. We realize the major role Zakat Fund plays in providing services to the Emirati community as a whole. It is our duty to support this role as part of our corporate values and commitment to the society."

He stated that this MoU reinforces relations and cooperation among government departments and charitable organizations that aspire to spread humanitarian and charitable action and anchor efforts to provide social services for the welfare of nationals and expatriates in the UAE.

On his behalf, H.E. Abdullah bin Aqeeda Al Muhairy stressed the necessity of joint organizations cooperation for the individual and the community as a whole. He also pointed out Dubai Customs' remarkable efforts made in the field of charitable and social action. Al Muhairy said:" Zakat Fund and Dubai Customs inks today a virtuous MoA to be followed by the goodhearted especially that Zakat Fund is a federal authority that aims to spread the umbrella of solidarity and goodness."

He also expressed his hope for other government departments to follow Dubai Customs' example and communicate and cooperate with Zakat Fund. He added:" The importance of cooperation with Zakat Fund is a result of the trust given by organizations and individuals in this legitimate Fund and the perspective specialized committees that aim to reach out to the genuine beneficiaries with Zakat and donations." 

This MoU comes as part of the initiatives and events of Dubai Customs Ramadan Campaign; "Al Khair Customs". The campaign comprises a variety of religious, social and cultural events through which some of them are conducted in cooperation with charitable societies in the UAE.

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