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Asnaf turned cafe owner receives MAIPs Asnaf icon Award

Last Update: 08/11/2019

KANGAR, Nov 8  -- Che Man Che Ali, who turned his life around from a mere asnaf (tithe recipient) to a successful cafe operator, was named the Perlis Malay Customs and Islamic Religious Council (MAIPs) Asnaf Icon 2019.

Che Man received the MAIPs Asnaf Icon Award from Perlis Raja Muda Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail at the opening ceremony of the Zikra Ar-Rasul Forum held in conjunction with the state-level celebration of Maulidur Rasul at Alwi Mosque here Thursday night.

Also present were the state Islamic Religious Affairs, Welfare and Disaster Aid, Border Relations and Cooperation Committee chairman Ruzaini Rais, MAIPs chief executive officer Mohd Nazim Mohd Noor and Perlis Islamic Religious Department (JAIPs) director Dr Hazman Hassan.

While reading the biography of Che Man, MAIPs zakat management division chief Syed Aisam Syed Idris said he was selected based on his persistence effort in running a cafe business.

Che Man, 55, started the cafe in his hometown in Kampung Sri Medan, Utan Aji, near here with a capital of RM3,000 from his own savings before he could eventually afford to hire several asnaf youths to work in the café known as Maulana Cafe.

In 2012, he received a grant under the MAIPs Asnaf Economic Improvement Programme totalling RM18,753 to expand his business.

The wooden-style café is gaining popularity, especially among tourists due to its uniqueness, as well as the tasty and very affordable food.

“We hope that Che Man will continue to thrive and succeed in his business so that one day he will become business tithe payer and contributes for the future economic growth of the ummah,” Syed Aisam said.

With the award, Che Man, the father-of-five also received a history book titled ‘Sirajul Muluk’ published by MAIPs about the history of MAIPs under three generations of Putra Jamalullail.



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