If the tap is open and the water supply is continuous then it can fill up any utensil of any size within a given span of time. However, if the utensil is not filling up despite continuous running water then there is only one possibility- there is a hole at the bottom of the bucket. This issue can be rectified in two ways: seal the hole or change the bucket.
As per Islamic laws & Prophetic teachings, every able and eligible Muslim is bound to donate a portion of its accumulated wealth (2.5%) annually before celebrating the festival of Eid. India is home to 10.9% of the world’s Muslim population. Even if a small portion of those Muslim are donating every year then the amount collected would amount to crores. This amount is further supplemented by crores of rupees that are being collected in the form of Sadqa (another form of donation by Muslims). A large amount of this money is often collected by Muslim organisations like Jamat e Islami Hind, Popular Front of India, various Madrassas, etc.
If hundreds of crores of rupees are being collected every year in the name of helping poor Muslims, why poverty is still rampant amongst Indian Muslims? Why majority of beggars identify themselves as Muslims? Go to any mosque after Friday prayers, beggars crowd the exit of the mosques. Had this donation amount been spent on education, more than 90% of the Muslims would have become educated by now. Forget about formal education, a majority of Muslim youth today can’t even read Quran properly, asking for its meaning would be an exaggeration. If not spent on religious education, where is this money going?
Neither poverty nor illiteracy is leaving the Muslims. It is need of the hour for donors to think about the end use of their donated money. Those Muslims having privilege to visit Delhi must be knowing that Jamat e Islami Hind is having a swanky headquarters spread over acres in the Okhla locality of South East Delhi. Popular Front of India’s head office is located in one of the costliest buildings of Kalindikunj-Noida highway. These organisations must be held accountable for the amount they receive as Zakat and Sadqa every year. Unless Muslims find the hole in the bucket and take up remedial measures, the community as a whole would continue to suffer. Unless we start asking uncomfortable questions, condition of majority of Muslims would continue to deteriorate while a handful of organisations would continue to add floors to their swanky structures.