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Zakat: Group distributes N2m to 116 indigent persons in Oyo

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Ibadan, April 28, 2019 The Elders Consultative Forum of Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria, Oyo State chapter, on Sunday distributed more than N2 million as Zakat (tax charity) to 116 indigent persons in Oyo State.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the beneficiaries received cash ranging from N10, 000 to N30, 000.

The Chairman of the forum, Alhaji Lasun Sanusi, said the aim of zakat, the fifth pillar of Islam, was to redistribute wealth in order to reduce poverty among Muslims in particular and Nigerians in general.

Sanusi said that the rate of poverty among Muslims in the country was gradually increasing because wealthy Muslims fail to pay zakat.

The chairman said the payment of zakat was compulsory for wealthy Muslims and punishment awaits those who fail to do so.

He said that many youths were leaving Nigeria for other countries because of poverty, adding that regular payment of zakat would definitely reduce the trend.

Sanusi called on well-meaning Muslims to pay zakat regularly and urged the beneficiaries to use the money judiciously so that they too could offer zakat in future.

Dr AbdulRasheed AbdulAzeez, while delivering a lecture, said payment of zakat by wealthy Muslims would purify their wealth and move them close to God.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the topic of the lecture was ” Zakat: A veritable tool for Eradication of Poverty in our Society”

The lecturer said that zakat as prescribed by God would also reduce unemployment, create love and eradicate insecurity.

The chairman of the occasion, Justice Mashud Abass, called for more enlightenment on the importance and consequences of zakat.

Abass said most wealthy Muslims were gradually forgetting that zakat is the fifth pilar of Islam and mandatory for the wealthy.

He said that most Muslims now misinterprete sadakat (alms giving) to mean zakat, noting that both were different from each other.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr Abdulateef Adeoye and Aishat Yusuf, commended the forum and promised to use the money judiciously.

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