|Fadlullah received a delegation from the social welfare and charity societies:|
It is prohibited to pay money to fictitious societies
The Religious Authority, H.E. Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah , received the head of the Kaafat Society ,Mr. Raif Showairy, and the principal of the Hadi Institute, Sheikh Ismail el-Zein, representing 35 social institutions that take care of the handicapped and the severe social cases, and that receive aid from the Ministry of Social Affairs.
Mr. Showairy pointed out that the amount of aid the Ministry is giving does not comply with the needs, despite the efforts of the minister, Mario Oun, to increase it.
He considered that these societies have become endangered as a result of the scarceness of aid. He also said that the handicapped may not be able to voice their demands, but the state's worth is defined by how much care it gives to these people.
Sayyed Fadlullah emphasized that all those who care should move to hold the responsibility of those downtrodden people, or those who have nobody to help them. He pointed out that the problem of the Lebanese state has always been that its services are provided to those who serve this or that leader, while those in real need remain deprived from the state's aid, or receive very insignificant sums.
H.E. saw that the responsibility does not lie on the state only. The society too must play its part in sponsoring those cases and in donating money for the institutions to fulfil their duties. He also called for the joining hands of all charity associations in Lebanon to help in solving the complicated problems, away from of partisanship whether religious, political, tribal or any other.
He pointed out that the states, which act as institutions, hasten to interfere to stop any political or economic collapse that takes place. But the problem in many of our states is that they are the states of individuals and not institutions. That is why the state becomes much like a farm which does not exist as an institution, and thus, it faces a crisis at every junction.
H.E. pointed out that there is a big problem in Lebanon where the aid goes to those who do not deserve it, especially those who claim to be serving the handicapped and the orphans, while they seek to increase the wealth of certain individuals who run them. Moreover, there also fictitious institutions that still exist, since there is no real supervision. It is prohibited to give aid to those associations, whether from the state or by means of personal donations, since it represents taking part in acts of cheating and corruption that deny those who really deserve the aid from attaining their societal rights.