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Formation of charities' supervisory council lauded

posted on 09/10/2001: 738 views

Abu Dhabi (WAM) A UAE English newspaper today lauded the instructions issued by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, for the formation of a council to supervise, co-ordinate and follow up activities of charitable and humanitarian agencies. Commenting editorially on the issue, the Dubai-based 'Gulf News' said, ' The UAE is renowned for its charitable works around the world. It is a recognition that has been hard won, fathered by the deep care and concern for one's fellow persons, derived from a firm belief in Islam. Their faith has guided them to a munificence that far exceeds that of other, more developed nations. This strong adherence to religion has meant the UAE is always one of the first to give-and go on giving when others have stopped-to help, to render succour where it is needed. This fine reputation has meant that those in want can look to the UAE in times of need, knowing the Rulers and its society will not let them down. Instead, the country will seek to speedily give aid and sustenance of all kinds, depending on the requirements of the recipient. However, this largesse shown by the community can also be abused by those of nefarious intent.'

'Contributions given in good grace to what is believed to be charitable causes may be diverted by those of criminal bent, to other activities. It is for this reason that it is important that donors make sure they are always giving to registered charities, recognised by the appropriate authorities in the UAE. Besides the Government Departments which provide authentication and registration of those bodies wanting to raise funds for charity, a new council to co-ordinate the work of charities has been set up. Sheikh Mohammed has instructed the Mohammed bin Rashid Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation to form a supervisory and co-ordinating Council to help the various charities achieve their objective. This is a welcome move, for the endorsement of such an authority behind any charity will reassure the public that the funds are destined for their stated purpose,' the paper concluded. WAM


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