Transparency in endowments and vows increases public trust: chief custodian
Sunday , 10/25/2020 - 19:36
Transparency in managing endowments and vows, which are of deep religious and social foundations and a lasting legacy for benevolent people, increases the public trust and the promotion of the culture of endowment in society.

Hoj. Ahmad Marvi, the chief custodian of Astan Quds Razavi, the body in charge of Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine stated the above in a meeting with the director general and deputies of the Endowment and Charity Organization of Khorasan Razavi Province.
Referring to the status and greatness of endowment in Shia jurisprudence, he noted that Islam has considered very precise, sensitive and important rules for endowment and accurate implementation of endowment deeds, a philosophy of which is reassuring potential donators that their endowments are used within the framework of Sharia law. 
“Imam Ali (AS) was one of the greatest donators who dedicated many groves and wells and aqueducts for public use among Muslims; As it is written in history, if Imam Ali did not bestow these endowments, he would be the richest of Arab people,” he said.
“The Islamic Revolution led to the acceptance and welcoming of the Endowment and Charity Organization among the general public. Endowment is a sacred practice so Endowment Organization is also a sacred institution, as it has been created to organize endowments, charities and the like,” he commented.
He further stressed that interaction with people in religious organizations should be full of compassion, kindness and flexibility and the behavior of employees in holy institutions such as AQR and the Endowment Organization must be different from other departments. “People should observe and feel such a difference in behavior.”
He underscored prosecution of endowment infringers, occupiers and usurpers of endowed properties as another important step toward building trust in practicing endowment in the society.
Elsewhere in this speech, AQR chief custodian considered updating the intentions of the endowments in accordance with the community demands as necessary and inevitable which include adapting to the advances in technology and the developments in human life, and thinking of ways to make such endowments work.
The chief custodian considered marriage, dowry, housing and youth employment, supporting women breadwinners, prevention and treatment of addiction, release of involuntary criminal prisoners, medical fields, knowledge-based companies, and research activities as areas society needs today towards which endowments should be directed.
“I have told the officials in AQR that we must report to the people about their vows and endowments, and for example, let them know how much we have made out of vows in a given month, and how much and in what direction we have spent it,” he added.
Hoj. Marvi, at the end, emphasized on the acceleration of the endowment process and removing obstacles the donators face. 
At the beginning of the meeting, Hoj. Ahmadzadeh, the director general of Endowment and Charity Organization of Khorasan Razavi Province presented a report on the organization’s performance and programs.                

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