The Islamic Foundation urged the well off people of the society to donate their Zakat of Eid-ul-Fitr to the Government zakat Fund which would be spent for the welfare of unemployed and poverty-stricken people hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak.
As one of the five pillars of Islam, zakat is a religious duty of all Muslims who meet the necessary criteria of wealth. It is a mandatory charitable contribution.
The Foundation came up with the request in a media statement on Thursday.
The statement said due to coronavirus crisis many people lost their jobs and many became destitute without any earning source.
In this crisis moment, the Foundation has initiated to spend the government fund of zakat for the unemployed and needy people, it stated.
The rich people of the society has been specially requested to lend a helping hand to tackle the crisis.
Meanwhile, 706 more people tested positive for coronavirus, taking the confirmed number of infected people to 12,425 till Thursday.