Feb 11, 2024

Her Excellency Sheikha Jamila bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, President of Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS), wished congratulations and blessings to everyone in anticipation of the Holy Month of Ramadan. She prayed to God Almighty to bring goodness, justice, and blessings back to the Arab and Islamic nations.

The president of SCHS issued a plea to community members and institutions to lend their support to the "Zakat Campaign," which SCHS has been holding during the holy month of Ramadan every year since 1989 under the motto, "Your zakat to support our education."

This year, the campaign aims to raise 12,107,750 AED (twelve million, one hundred seven thousand, and seven hundred and fifty dirhams) to pay tuition fees for 537 male and female students with disabilities, who are eligible for zakat funds in accordance with Sharia regulations.

SCHS bases its zakat campaign on the fatwa issued by the Permanent Fatwa Committee in the Emirate of Sharjah permitting the collection, acceptance, and giving of zakat to persons with disabilities. SCHS’s specialized committee studies the economic and social situation of the families of persons with disabilities and precisely determines who falls into the category of “the needy.” Due to the inability to earn or meet the necessary needs due to the high cost of education or treatment, to pay tuition fees.

Education is one of the legitimate categories of zakat money.

According to the head of SCHS, education is seen as one of the acceptable uses of zakat funds since it promotes family stability and ensures a stable source of income. The trend that is in line with the values and objectives of SCHS and its desire to empower individuals with disabilities both cognitively and scientifically in line with the most recent and best international practices is embodied in the slogan "Your zakat is for our education."

Sheikha Jamila clarified that SCHS has incorporated disability concerns into its methodology, mission, and vision from its founding in 1979. It was, and still is, eager to bring it to the attention of the general public, urging people to support it, offer suitable assistance in all spheres of life, and pay zakat contributions to enable it to go on offering its cutting-edge educational services.

"It is true that one student at SCHS pays thirty thousand dirhams in tuition fees on average during the academic year, but the actual cost varies between twenty thousand dirhams and eighty thousand dirhams, depending on the type of disability and services he needs," she continued. SCHS constantly aims to live up to its promise and dedication to offering everyone access to education, counseling, rehabilitation, and family assistance.

1,993 people with disabilities benefited from SCHS services during the current academic year.

Sheikha Jamila pointed out that 1,993 people with disabilities benefited during the current academic year only from the educational, rehabilitation and training programs provided by SCHS to its students of various nationalities and disabilities, in accordance with the best and latest international practices.

Sheikha Jamila explained the proportions of SCHS’s financial resources to cover the operational cost of providing education, training, rehabilitation, and treatment services for people with disabilities. The Government of Sharjah contributes 29%. About 22% comes from zakat funds. 28% is from donations and endowment management, and 21% is from tuition fees and other activities.

The President of SCHS extended her sincere thanks to the Government of Sharjah and to the partners, sponsors, and supporters of the Zakat campaign. They are: (Partners: Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sharjah Islamic Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank. Sponsors are Sharjah Ports, Customs and Free Zones Authority, Investment Bank, GPCA Group of Companies, Nazo Company). Building Materials Trading. The Media Sponsors are Sharjah Broadcasting and Television Authority, Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority, Site Global Company, and Rimal International Advertising Company).

In turn, Mr. Jihad Abdel Qader, General Coordinator of the Zakat Campaign (Your Zakat for Our Education), explained that donations will be received via bank transfers to the accounts of the Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services at the Sharjah Islamic Bank, AE060410000011203320004.

And Dubai Islamic Bank AE960240007580560448601

And Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank AE290500000000010260597

Additionally, brothers who would like to donate can contact SCHS by texting 0562160222, and anyone who would like to speak over the phone can do so by calling as well. An SCHS representative will then be able to come pick up the donations.