CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced Saturday he would establishe The Egyptian House of Zakat and Charityas a state-affiliated authority run by Al-Azhar, Youm7 reported.
Zakat is a compulsory charity for Muslims, equal to 2.5 percent of every Muslim’s wealth. Sadaqa is voluntary charity, and often given during Ramadan.
The new authority was decided during the Saturday meeting of Sisi and Grand Imam of Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb in Ithadeya Palace in the presence of Egypt’s Mufti Shaky Allam and a delegation from Azhar.
The Grand Imam and the delegation congratulated the president for his inauguration and wished him to achieve Egyptians aspirations.
President Sisi also agreed on the Grand Imam’s demand of reforming the educational, media and artistic systems through a committee, which would combine ministers of education, higher education, culture, information and religious endowments.
Additional reporting by Nour Zulfakkar.