Building strong, caring communities

Our community programs’ main purpose is to foster the spirit of solidarity and compassion among communities as we strive towards creating a caring society.

To us, going down to the ground to engage with members of communities is mutually beneficial as it is an opportunity to connect with people. Just like any organization, unity is essential for a community to be healthy and strong. The stronger the community, the more adept it will be to the changing needs of society.

Our community programs’ main purpose is to foster the spirit of solidarity and compassion among communities as we strive towards creating a caring society. Through these community-centric programs, we hope to build a culture where fellow neighbors would to get to know and help each other.

The effects of flood can be severely devastating as witnessed during the destruction faced by a number of states around the country in early 2015. In an effort to lessen the burden of those affected by the flood, we have set up a relief fund for flood victims to provide necessities like food, clothes as well as religious items such as prayer mats and Quran. In the recent floods, we have donated a total of RM500,000 to the worst hit states namely Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang for the purpose of post-disaster rehabilitation.

Through the Amal Jariah Program, 0.3 percent from Bank Islam Credit Card transactions made during the Ramadan month are apportioned towards a social welfare cause. Last year, RM10,600 from the Amal Jariah fund was donated to 53 underprivileged mualaf (Muslim converts) children in Kluang, Johor as financial aid for purchase of school supplies. Additionally, RM3,000 from Bank Islam Credit Card fund was donated to Pertubuhan Kebajikan Mualaf Daerah Kluang (PKMK).

In the same year, RM36,000.00 from the fund was donated to Rumah Ehsan Kuala Kubu Bharu (a retirement home) to purchase hydraulic shower trolleys, hospital beds and hospital mattresses. To bring a bit of cheer to the residents, we also handed out mini hampers and spent some time chatting with them. Gotong royong activities during the visit included painting of murals, repainting of one of the buildings in the compound as well as planting newly purchased plants and a bit of landscaping around the home.

We all look forward to our meals especially when it comes to dining with loved ones like our families and friends. However, not everyone have the luxury of enjoying this quality time every day – even for Muslims during Ramadan. There are also those who barely have enough food to eat.

The blessed month of Ramadan is a time when the spirit of giving comes to the fore. During this time of year, we organize an array of activities to put a smile to the faces of people who are not able to experience the joy of Ramadan the way most of us do due to poverty, work commitments or some other unfavorable circumstances.

Majlis Berbuka Puasa
Every year we would contribute zakat to the needy, orphans, single mothers and senior citizens during our Majlis Bebuka Puasa progaram. However, last year, the program extended to include uniformed personnel, namely the police officers, immigration officers, customs, doctors, nurses as well as media professionals who are usually on duty during the time of breaking fast.

The program, which runs throughout the Ramadan month, was also held for the rural communities in Kampung Rancangan Klias in Beaufort, Sabah and Rumah Tunas Harapan Darul Helmi children’s home in Kampung Teluk Ketapang, Seberang Takir, Terengganu. Zakat contributions were distributed to 1,000 individuals from the venues of this program last year which also included Ibu Pejabat Polis Padang Besar, Perlis; Masjid Al-Azim in Bukit Palah, Melaka and the Sinar Harian headquarters (Karangkraf), Selangor.

Semarak Ramadan
Organized annually in collaboration with Berita Harian (NSTP Group), this program aims to build stronger communities by fostering unity and camaraderie throughout communities. Last year, the program was held at Kampung Sera in Baling, Kedah where a Ramadan feast was prepared together with the kampung folks. Hampers and financial aid were also distributed to the less fortunate from the area during the event.

For Eidul Adha, Bank Islam organize a nationwide program in which Muslims can partake in to perform their ‘ibadah korban’ or ‘Udhiya’. The program which started since 2010 allows participants to select their preferred venue from the five regions (Central, Northern, Southern, Eastern and East Malaysia) to which they wish to consign their ‘Udhiya’ portion/s to.

During last year’s Program Ibadah Korban, a total of 18 cattle had been provided as contributions from our Korban Program participants. The program was carried out in five venues – Kampung Melayu Sri Kundang in Rawang (Selangor), Kampung Laneh Lubuk Merbau in Kuala Kangsar (Perak), Kampung Pekajang in Gelang Patah (Johor), Kampung Alor Pasir in Tumpat (Kelantan) and Kampung Ketiau in Putatan (Sabah). During the program, portions of beef were distributed to more than 1,500 underprivileged individuals, namely the poverty-stricken, single mothers, senior citizens and orphans. Zakat moneys and hampers were also distributed to 57 impoverished individuals.