Friday, August 17, 2012

'Zakat' related query answered in a mail by 'Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital', Bravo...

From: Syed Arbab Ahmed []
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 1:24 AM
To: (Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital)
Subject: Do you use 'Zakat' on Non-Muslims? (Mandatory in Islam)

Assalam o Alaikum!

You are doing a traffic job in the shape of 'Shaukat Memorial Khanum Hospital', Donations can be given to Non-Muslims but not Zakat, I want to give some amount of Zakat to your hospital, I have just concern that in Islam Zakat can only be given to Muslims.

If I give Zakat to your hospital, can you make sure to me that this amount of Zakat will be used on Muslims only, then I and people like me can give Zakat to your hospital.

Awaiting your response.

Syed Arbab Ahmed

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From: Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 8:54 AM
To: Fundraising
Subject: FW: Do you use 'Zakat' on Non-Muslims? (Mandatory in Islam)

Dear Mr. Ahmed,

We at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) are very particular about the disbursement of Zakat so let me take this opportunity to take you through our system step by step.

Patients are registered for financially supported treatment after a thorough evaluation of the nature and stage at which each patient has presented to the Hospital. This step ensures that all patients being accepted for financially supported treatment are cancer patients.

Once that is done the patient will be routed to the Financially Support Services for a financial evaluation to ascertain the extent of support they require. So the concerned staff shares the expected treatment cost and the patient shares the details of their assets, dependents, income sources etc. and mutually agree upon a percentage for financial support. It would be pertinent to mention here that nearly 65% of the patients receive complete i.e. 100% support because they cannot cover their basic needs let alone the expensive treatment for cancer (many people do not even have enough money to take away their dead). Another 10% of the patients receive partial support and that too in which they are paying nominal amounts (e.g. 5% of their treatment cost) because they would like to pay whatever they possibly can. Apart from this interview, the Hospital has field investigators to help in the verification of the information through alternate means to ensure that the patients who qualify for financially supported treatment are truly deserving.

Next, the patients are asked if they are eligible for Zakat or not. Those who do claim to be eligible for Zakat are further asked to obtain a signed and stamped referral letter from their local Zakat authorities who also authenticate the patients eligibility for Zakat based on the local information. For these patients, their treatment will be subsidized from the Zakat fund that is separately maintained at the Hospital. Let me once again reiterate that that the revenue from the Hospital’s diagnostic services (i.e. Rs. 1.8 BILLION) has always and continues to be utilized for our expansion projects/equipment and other Hospital expenses (including salaries). Zakat is exclusively utilized for providing direct patient care to the poor patients. Patients who do not qualify for Zakat (eg. non muslims, syeds etc.) however are deserving will be subsidized from the separate Donation Account that we have at the Hospital. The implementation of this entire system, to ensure with precision that every penny is utilized in line with the eligibility of each patient every time a service is provided during the course of treatment, is made possible through a very sophisticated custom built Hospital Information System.

Keeping in view the transparency of the whole system the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Zakat and Ushr of the Government of Pakistan also disburses Rs. 12 million from its Zakat Fund for the treatment of poor cancer patients each year and has permanently deputed a representative for monitoring the disbursement at the Hospital.

It would also be pertinent to mention here that of the total Hospital budget of Rs. 3.6 billion (for the year 2011), the amount that we required for providing direct patient care for the poor cancer patients was about Rs. 1.2 billion, while the Zakat collections are about Rs. 0.8 billion. These figures will reassure you that the Zakat itself is not enough to cover for the direct patient costs so there is no possibility of the Zakat being utilized for any other purpose. The entire amount collected in the form of Zakat is completely exhausted in providing direct patient within the same year.

Zakat disbursement at SKMCH&RC is a very serious matter for us and we make every effort to ensure that that it is dispersed appropriately for needy cancer patients in line with the Islamic injunctions and the aspirations of our worthy donors. Hope this should clarify the matter, however if you still have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me once again.

Best Regards,

Ehsan Rana
Marketing & Resource Development
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre
7-A, Block R3, Johar Town, Lahore, Pakistan.
Tele: +92 42 35905000 Ext. 7016
Cell: +92 321 8407994 Fax: +92 42 35945208


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