Kg Pulaie fire victims receive zakat aid from MUIB
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A FAMILY, whose home was razed by a fire in Kg Pulaie recently, received zakat (tithe) from the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) yesterday.
A total of $600 was distributed to the family at an event which took place at the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) in Berakas, with each family member entitled to $200.
House owner Hjh Rasiah Hj Ja’afar, who was present with her son and grandchildren, said that the cause of the fire which gutted their home on April 1 has been determined as ‘electrical faults’.
“I was alone during the incident. It took less than two hours for the fire to destroy the entire house,” said the 74-year-old, adding that since the incident, her family received several emergency reliefs from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport (MCYS).
“Officials from MCYS offered us a place to stay, but we rejected as we decided to stay with our relative for the time being,” said Hjh Rasiah.
She also felt that she would certainly need some help to rebuild the house as a new home is the family’s most urgent need.
Besides monetary assistance, Hjh Rasiah’s grandson who currently studying at Berakas Secondary School, also received donation in the form of school supplies.
The donation was handed over by Hj Abdul Aziz Hj Akop, the acting secretary of MUIB.
According to Hj Abdul Aziz, it is the responsibility of the council to look after those inflicted by disaster or accidents.
“It has become the council’s routine to provide immediate welfare aid to underprivileged persons who are in a state of emergency such as house fire, flood, and house collapse or any incidents which has led to the loss of property.”
He said that under these circumstances victims of disaster can be categorised under the poor and destitute who need help.
“Those who lose their house due to fire will receive zakat, the situation makes them candidates of zakat recipients giving them the right to get attention from the council.
“The donation is aimed to ease their burden, especially in securing daily expenses such as food,” said the acting secretary of the council.
The donation for Hjh Rasiah and her family falls under the ‘asnaf fakir miskin’ (poor and destitute category).
The Brunei Times