By Hakim Mahari
GOMBAK, 21 April 2021: The social fund platform, Malaysia-Palestine Productive Waqaf introduced by Muslim Care Malaysia Society (Muslim Care) aimed to raise funds for the development of three waqaf projects in Palestine worth RM3.44 million.
The launching of Malaysia-Palestine Productive Waqaf was officiated by IIUM Rector, Tan Sri Prof Emeritus Dzulkifli Abdul Razak yesterday (20 April) at the Senate Hall, IIUM.
The project to build eight shops and two six-storey commercial buildings was the idea of a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) student of IIUM from Palestine with a collaboration of the Palestinian Ministry of Endowments.
The president of Muslim Care, Haji Zulkifli Wahijan said his party will be the liaison to find construction funds worth RM1.77 million, while the Palestinian Endowment Ministry will fully fund the project site costing RM1.67 million.
According to Haji Zulkifli, with the start of the collection targeted at a quarter of a million ringgit come Aidilfitri, his party will create a development that will generate income every month through rental.
“The annual rental income from these eight shops is estimated at RM40,000 a year and will be channeled to more than 560 tahfiz centres in Palestine,” Haji Zulkifli said at a press conference.
Zulkifli said they targeted the entire project to be completed in the first quarter of 2023 with the rental return value for the three projects estimated at RM312,000 per year.
“After the first phase is expected to be completed by the end of this year, we will continue the construction of the Wakaf Al-Mu’minun Ikhwah project involving a six-storey commercial building costing RM820,000.
“Besides that, the construction cost of Wakaf Al-Khayr, which is three shops and five office floors on 112 square meters of land, has reached RM700,000.
“We expect the public, including banks and corporate bodies, to contribute to the success of this project, which will provide long-term benefits to the Palestinian population affected by the Israeli attack,” he said.
Meanwhile, IIUM Rector said the university strongly supports the idea that upholds the struggle of Muslims in Islamic countries.
“We cannot afford to give money, we can only afford knowledge to continue to develop our respective countries,” he told the media.
Also present at the launching was the Dean of Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, Prof. Dr. Shukran Abd Rahman. The Deputy Minister of Palestinian Endowments, Dr. Abdulhadi Al-Agha was present online.
Those who wish to contribute to the mission may do so by channelling the fund through Maybank (564490413882), Bank Islam (1401401014740), and CIMB Bank (8604171675) accounts respectively. ***
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