‘Tweeting’ for charity: JuD uses social media to collect Zakat

Published: July 28, 2012

Says it can collect money because it’s not banned in Pakistan. PHOTO: TWITTER SCREENSHOT

LAHORE: 

Taking advantage of the global outreach of social media networks like Facebook and Twitter, the controversial charity Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) sent out an appeal on its official Twitter account asking people to donate Zakat and Fitrah for the Holy month of Ramazan.

India has blamed JuD chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed for masterminding the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. Taking cue from New Delhi, the United States also announced bounty for information leading to the prosecution and conviction of Hafiz Saeed.

Through its Twitter account, the JuD appealed to its 2,186 followers for donations for itself and for its welfare arm, the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation Pakistan (FIFP).

The FIFP appeal was also made from the Twitter account of JuD, which has been under sanctions from the United Nations Security Council.

The message on Twitter, which was also posted on its Facebook page, appealed for Zakat in any form, either by cash, donating an ambulance or sponsoring medicines or meals for Sehri and Iftar.

Recently, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior Affairs Rehman Malik denied any banned outfit was raising funds and had vowed to stop if any proscribed group was found collecting money.

The JuD says that since it is not banned in Pakistan, it can collect funds.

“Everyone knows that when the UNSC slapped sanctions on Jamaatud Dawa, we moved the Lahore High Court against it – which ruled in our favour,” said Khalid Waleed, chief coordinator of JuD’s political cell, which is headed by Abdur Rehman Makki.

“Look at the charity work we do. All this needs money. We feed the poor during the month of Ramazan at 100 places in Lahore alone. We have provided ambulances to every Tehsil hospital in Punjab,” Waleed added.

However, he could not explain why the JuD was collecting funds in the name of Falah-e-Insaniat. “They are just two different heads of the accounts. If someone wants to donate to either the JuD or Falah, we welcome it,” he said.

The Punjab government, on the other hand, said it was for the federal government to monitor the activities of the organisation.

“The Lahore High Court has cleared the JuD as a legitimate charitable network, so under what law can Prime Minister arrest its members?” said Senator Pervez Rashid, an adviser to the Punjab government.

“If they are on Twitter or Facebook, it is again the responsibility of the federal government to hold them accountable, as internet laws are under their jurisdiction,” Rashid stated.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Talal
    Jul 28, 2012 - 12:35PM

    JuD is the only “banned outfit” that provides shelter,food & medical facilities constantly to those hit by calamities in sindh. Isnt it the jealousy which so called human rights activists fester against this organization. It’s people who give them charity & they have to right to decide who to give the money. Whining on JuD’s activism…this is all that these liberal cults have got.
    “GEO aur Jeeney Do..”

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  • Hafs
    Jul 28, 2012 - 1:18PM

    At least, Tribune changed its heading from the previous report which claimed JUD is banned. Looks like they have got their facts straight this time, here is something that most people don’t know,

    During the hearing, the court asked Punjab Assistant Advocate General Malik Abdul Aziz whether the JD was a banned organisation. The assistant advocate general sought half an hour to give answer to the court after getting proper information from the Federal Ministry of Interior. The court granted him the time.

    On resumption of the hearing, the assistant advocate general told the court that the Punjab government had not issued any notification regarding ban on the JD and the Federal Ministry of Interior had restricted activities of the JD on the basis of resolution of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

    He said the name of the JD was not included in the list of those organisations which were banned by the Federal Ministry of Interior under Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.He said the name of JD had not been included in the list of proscribed organisations but was added on a watch list due to terrorism threats.

    Now, The Head Money on Hafiz Saeed is for CONVICT-ABLE EVIDENCE THAT CAN BE ADMISSABLE IN COURT – Now, do Liberal Fascists have any Idea what that means ? It means there is no such proof that implicates him to terror.

    Now, Indian Dossiers – well they are nothing but Bollywood stories, I wan’t someone to challenge my comment on those dossiers so I could share the links of their autopsy.

    So, what is not hidden from the world, and is evident as a shining sun is that JUD is the ONLY organization to reach out to thousands of people in Floods and Quakes when most of the people were either busy tweeting – I’ve seen these people with my own eyes, my Industrial dad and relatives trust only JUD for charity, you wanna know why ? because they ask us to come and spent with our own hands, they just guide and facilitate and that’s the best thing about them – Hence flush your mindset of fuelling terrorism from charity or using charity for other reasons.. Some people really need to have some on-ground research about JUD. Recommend

  • Ibraheem Mustafa
    Jul 28, 2012 - 6:26PM

    Well at least it dispels the notion that JuD people are bunch of fanatics who appose Science and Technology and human progress.

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