5. The prohibited good and Endowments’ destiny

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The Ministry of Endowments suffers from many financial and administrative problems. The authors discussed these problems with Egypt’s Minister of Endowments Dr. Maḥmūd Ḥamdī Zaqzūq.

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The authors concentrate on what they believe to be “financial errors” in the Egyptian Ministry of Endowments. They discussed the errors with Egypt’s Minister of Endowments Dr. Mahmūd Hamdī Zaqzūq.
They believe that the declared annual income of the ministry is too low [200 million L.E], and tried to discuss the reasons behind this problem.
They reported on the request that Dr. Zaqzūq made to the Ministry of Finance to have an expert study all the financial problems of the ministry.
The authors consider the minister’s demand is a subtle call for reform. They suggest that the government help to take the necessary procedures to overcome the problems and lead reform.
They also suggested forming what they call “a secretaries council” to make constructive proposals. According to their suggestion, the council should contain a number of trustworthy experts and bankers, in addition to public and religious personalities.
The anticipated role of the council is to “update the rules of the financial deals of the endowments, to help the ministry count all its properties and mange them properly. The council should endorse charitable endowments and rebuild the lost trust in the ministry’s role.
The authors then refer to the different conflicts that have taken place in the ministry, the majority of which date back to the sixties. Dr. Zaqzūq stated that a law was passed in the sixties, claiming that all the estates of the Ministry of Endowments were given to the Department of Land Reform and the local governorates could use them according to the ministries’ conditions.
The authors believe that the state’s action was “a nationalization of the endowments,” and that people were no longer willing to donate because it was the government receiving the donations. They reported Dr. Zaqzūq’s argument that there are still 229 feddan of the ministry’s estates missing.
The authors argue that the Ministry of Endowments sells and lends estates to different institutes. The problem, as they reported to Dr. Zaqzūq lies in the minuscule rent paid to the ministry. They attribute this “administrative problem” to the religious nature of the Ministry of Endowments.
The minister stated that people can donate money to build schools and hospitals, explaining that donations are not only bound to religious institutions.
At the end the authors launched what they called a “campaign” to achieve a better situation regarding endowments in Egypt.

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