Sunday, 31 December 2017

Muis reports disbursement of zakat contributions

The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) has reported that 2017 zakat contributions amounted to S$2.3 million, which allowed 3,765 families to receive Year-End Grants (YEGs). This is an increase of 42% compared to the amount given in 2016, Muis said.

The YEG, which comprises bonuses, "Back-to-School" vouchers and other activities, is given on top of monthly financial assistance (FA) received by zakat beneficiaries. An estimated 1,500 primary and secondary school children will have received a "Back-to-School" vouchers worth between S$50 to S$100. 

In 2017, an additional S$320,000 will be given to families with children aged 18 years old and below, as part of the yearly Reqab (study) Bonus. This bonus is an extra amount given to families to cope with the costs of textbooks and learning programmes.