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The Zakat and Sadaqah Foundation has empowered 58 beneficiaries with N11.59m to help alleviate poverty in the country .
The 13th Zakat Distribution ceremony held at Cresent hall, Abeokuta was geared towards maintaining and establishing a socio-economic balance in the country .
Present at the occasion was the Ogun State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftains Affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuape spoke on the purpose of zakat to society as a means of reducing societal problems.
Afuape congratulated the beneficiaries and payers of zakat while enjoining the well-to-do Muslims to cultivate the habit of paying zakat as it is a religious obligation.
“The purpose of zakat is the distribution of income to the less privileged and to reduce societal problems. I congratulate all beneficiaries and payers of zakat even when there are still people who are ignorant of the payment of zakat. I, therefore, implore our Islamic clerics to educate the people on the benefits of paying zakat regularly to reduce poverty in the country,” he stated.
Commenting, the Executive Director of Zakat and Sadaqah Foundation, prince Sulaimon Olagunju represented by the monitoring and evaluation officer of Zakat Foundation, Muftaudeen Ismail,who commended the efforts of the Ogun state chapter towards the progress of the foundation while appreciating how zakat generation has risen in the state.
He charged the people to support the Foundation to help find a lasting solution to problems confronting the nation while appealing to the Foundation to also give close supervision and monitoring to the beneficiaries so that they can as well give back to society.
He said, ” in the last four years, zakat has been on the rise, the generation has been second in Ogun state. 10 per cent of the total generation of zakat is from Ogun state and it is only in the state we have three zones, other states are one. I want to commend the Ogun state for their efforts but we can do better than this. When we empower a Muslim, we empower the whole world and when we do our responsibilities as Muslims, Allah will help us and that is what Zakat Foundation is all about.
Similarly, the guest lecturer, the Chief Imam of Saadatul Abbadiyyah sheikh Abdullateef Ismail commented on how payment of zakat brings one closer to God, purifies one’s wealth, and helps in societal upliftment.
He said “Zakat wipes away the tears of the poor, it helps to develop the society, eradicate poverty, hatred, and enmity exhibited by the poor to the rich”.
The chairman of the foundation, Alhaji Iskeel Muhammad Awwal represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Forestry, Abdullateef Benson emphasized the need for the foundation to continue to maintain the level of transparency and accountability it is known for .
He added that the initiative is an avenue to propagate the doctrine of Islam, suggesting that the Foundation introduced skill acquisition and training to the people as a means of empowerment.
He, however, charged Muslims to always help in whatever way they could towards this noble course.
Speaking, the coordinator of Zakat in Egba Yewa land, Alhaji Abdulrahman Anifowose Kewulere, who implored the well-to-do Muslims to keep paying zakat as it is their obligation.
While appreciating their numerous donors, and supporters, he appealed to the beneficiaries to make effective use of the zakat given to them.
He also called on the government to support the Foundation as it would go a long way in ameliorating the hardship of the people.
” I want to implore the government to support us, we need more support from them so that the people can see the obligation of the zakat. To pay zakat is for the Muslims, but the benefit is cut across. I want to encourage the well to do Muslims to key into zakat payment” . He stated
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