Monday, September 6, 2010
Ramadan and Remembering Pakistan: Part V--Not sure what to do with your zakat?
Zakat is the obligatory charitable tax that Muslims must donate annually to the less fortunate. There are codified and somewhat complex rules for exact calculations but roughly it is 2.5% of the individual's net income (after expenses). Often it is collected by mosques, or in Muslim majority countries may be collected by a government ministry. It may be collected by a workplace and donated collectively. It may be distributed by an individual as the person sees fit..
Sadaqa is voluntary charity, in whatever form, towards others less fortunate, or in need. This includes, money, goods, even a smile of kindness. Prayers are always welcome, too. The needs are current and pressing.
Hmmm, sociobiology, or opportunism?
Malnutrition, or dehydration? both? your differential diagnosis? does it matter much which?
An image to help recover from that one:
And more positive relief images:
I have deliberately left out the more tragic pictures, especially of children, but they are viewable at the source of the pictures here, Pakistan in Need.
Okay, one, and not the worst, by far.
If you still haven't donated your zakat elsewhere, or if you could contribute your sadaqa or charity to Pakistan relief efforts through the IRCC, UNESCO, Save the Children, CARE, OXFAM, or other reliable charity please do. Huffington Post has an inclusive list of how to do so, here. Another way is to text "SWAT" to 50555 from your mobile phone to give $10 to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
What are the risks to Pakistan if appropriate aid is not provided?
What are the risks in the region, and internationally?
What part does opportunism play in any crisis?
Any other thoughts, comments, impressions, experiences?
Ramadan and Remembering Pakistan: Life in the time of the cholera?
Ramadan and Remembering Pakistan: Parts II, III, and IV: The Floods and Sociobiology; The Response; Katrina 5 Years On