Special Reports

Malaysian delegation visits Charity Alliance

New Delhi:   A delegation of Malaysia’s Universiti Teknologi MARA visited Charity Alliance office here on 1 October and held discussions with its authorities and acquainted itself of its working and achievements.

Led by Prof. Abdul  Haleem Mohammad Noor, director of the Centre for Islamic Philanthropy & Social Finance of the said university, the delegation included Dr. Salahuddin Abdur-Rasool, senior lecturer of the Faculty of Business & Management of the said university and 12 male and female students.

Chairman of Charity Alliance, Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan, with the help of PPT presentation, explained the history of the Charity Alliance and its modus operandi, detailing the establishment of its trust in the background of Murshidabad’s starvation deaths in early 2005, continuous work in the area ever since and running of a standard school and a vocational training centre there.

Other programmes of the trust include providing every possible help to the sufferers of the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013, which included establishment of a residential colony consisting of 32 houses for the sufferers of the riots who started living there in November 2015. The other programmes of the trust include help to the Burmese and Palestinian refugees residing in India, medical help to the poor, scholarships to deserving students, sacrifice (qurbani) of hundreds of animals in the country every year and distribution of food packets.

Dr. Khan clarified that in some ways Charity Alliance has unique features, e.g., every penny of donations, charity and sadaqah is spent on the poor. Charity Alliance doesn’t spend anything at all on its central office where the staff of the Milli Gazette provides all services voluntarily and free of charge. None of the trustees of Charity Alliance has ever been paid any remuneration. At times the trustees have to spend money from their own pockets which they never ask to be reimbursed. Every year’s audited accounts of the Charity Alliance, with complete transparency, are placed on the trust’s website (charityalliance.in). Friends and well-wishers have an open invitation to visit Charity Alliance programmes and sites and observe its working. Milli Gazette constantly prints the news and advertisements of Charity Alliance on a complimentary basis.

Rehab Foundation and Human Welfare Foundation too explained their work to the visiting Malaysian delegation. On this occasion, renowned journalist, Ma’asoom Moradabadi, editor of Jadid Khabar, and well-known scholar, Mufti Ataur-Rahman Qasmi, were also present.

The guest delegation expressed pleasure at the performance of Charity Alliance, Rehab Foundation and Human Welfare Foundation, saying that in spite of being a minority, Indian Muslims are taking part enthusiastically in the social and philanthropic activities of the society.