My comments posted on TOI, Hyderabad edition webpage over their correspondent Syed Mohammed's article: Does Zakat Creates a 'Receipant Class?' :
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UK is a welfare state and it is not a Muslim country. Still they have lakhs of people on welfare who legally can live off all their lives on dole and they do. UK government and media do make noises about throwing out this non-productive welfare system. But no political will is shown by the democratic parties to move in this direction. It is therefore surprising that Muslims whose religion has so much stress on welfare and who have big majorities who are below poverty lines, should harbor such mean-minded non-practitioners to howl about reform in Zakat distribution. In fact, it is the huge amounts involved that has attracted the attention of freeloaders to try and siphon Zakat funds through dubious means and services. A new class is emerging, some from the government bureaucracy and other from fringe political affiliations to make inroads into the prevailing Zakat distribution system. Individual donors are not fools to fall for such new fitna and will protect their own deen by strictly following the spirit and letter of Sharia in toto.
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