As the President of the Patients' Behbud Society (PBS) for AKUH, our aim has been to provide a shariah compliant method of attracting zakat funds for mustahiq patients who are treated at the University Hospital. At the same time, we ensure that our processes and documentation are compliant with best practices – our receipts and spending results in an annual shariah certification from two shariah advisors, we are a member of the Pakistan Centre of Philanthropy, and are audited annually by a firm of chartered accountants.
Having been the CEO of the Aga Khan University Hospital for 14 years, I can assure you that we treat the sickest of patients. The AKUH, a tertiary care hospital, attracts patients from all walks of life and ensures that its doors are open to all. No one is denied care because of their inability to pay. It becomes a double obligation as a member of The Patients' Behbud Society to continue to raise funds, so that more and more patients can be treated here.
We are mere “trustees” in this transaction—the real winners are the mustahiq patients and YOU, the givers who benefit by the giving. Our vision for PBS is to make it a society of zakat well-wishers who consider giving to PBS a first choice in discharge of their fard obligation. To me, this investment of zakat has no equivalent rewards in any other earthly investment where the blessings and rewards come from the Almighty. As He says in the Quran: “ …And whatsoever you spend of anything (in Allah’s Cause), He will replace it. And He is the Best of Providers.” (Al Quran 34:39). Imagine a Divine Guarantee for replacement of your giving!
Our aim to raise Rs 550 M for this cause in 2021, In sha Allah. And our hope is that you will continue to open your hearts and make the hospitalizations of more and more mustahiq patients possible at AKUH.
Jazak Allah Khair.
Nadeem Mustafa Khan
President, Patients' Behbud Society for AKUH