RM1.7mil aid to lend a hand to new converts

KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) has presented a donation of RM1.7mil to help the mualaf (new converts) in the Federal Territories.

On Wednesday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr Mohd Na’im Mokhtar presented the donation at the “Rahmah Ramadan MAIWP Bersama Saudara Kita” programme to four non-governmental organisations that actively preach and help new converts.

The donation was presented to the National Islamic Welfare Organisation, which received RM800,000, the Hidayah Centre Foundation (RM350,000), the Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association (RM200,000), and the Malaysian Indian Muslim Youth Movement (RM200,000).

MAIWP also handed out RM300 to each of the 500 new converts who attended the programme, with a total allocation of RM150,000.

Regarding the donation, Mohd Na’im said it would not be possible without the encouraging contributions from zakat payers to the MAIWP zakat collection centre.

He also presented three categories of awards to appreciate the achievements of new converts in the fields of dakwah, entrepreneurship and education.

The awards – a cash prize of RM2,000 each, along with a certificate of appreciation – were presented to Ahmad Daniel Alhafiz Aduka, who won the Preaching category, Sumayyah Teng Yoke Chin (Entrepreneurship) and Afrina Catherine Edwin Chan (Education).

Meanwhile, Mohd Na’im said he hoped more zakat payers would fulfil their responsibilities so that the collection target of RM1bil this year could be achieved. — Bernama

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