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Though eligible to receive, Bukit Harapan residents still give Zakat

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Jaslan (far left) with Hamid (second left), Norianal (second right) and Nijal (far right).

5th July, 2016

By MOHD IZHAM B. HASHIM

KOTA KINABALU: Disability and poverty are no obstacles for Muslim residents of Bukit Harapan from paying their Zakat ul-fitri (tithes) for the needy and fulfil one of the five pillars of Islam.

Although the donors themselves are eligible to receive Zakat, Muslim residents of Bukit Harapan decided to fulfil their duties as Muslims in contributing to this year’s tithes. Their zakat was received by Amil of Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (MBRKK), Jaslan Mailan who visited the charity home with mosque committee members.

“I wanted to make this Ramadan a special one by contributing towards paying the obligatory Zakat al-Fitri which would ease the burden of the underprivileged in the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri,” beamed 26-year-old Nijal Bin Sui who receives care at the centre for his paraplegic disability of both legs.

Meanwhile, Norianal Johari who is 16 years old also decided to do her bit by contributing part of her allowance for this year’s Zakat. Norianal who is also a resident of Bukit Harapan receives a subsistence allowance of RM100 per month.

The opportunity to pay the zakat was an unforgettable moment for 55 year old Hamid Kasim who himself is paraplegic but did not prevent him from fulfilling the third pillar of Islam during the holy month of Ramadan.

Having recently recovered from surgery to remove severe kidney stones, Hamid despite his permanent disability, handed out his tithes to Jaslan at the centre.

He is currently still undergoing treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Urology Unit.

His condition has received the attention of Dr Tseu Fui Loong, CEO of Jesselton Medical Centre (JMC) who recently agreed to a charity service transfer of care Hamid to JMC.

   
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