We Are Willing To Partner Organisations To Uplift Standards Of Citizens – el-Rufai

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The Co-ordinator zone 11 Kaduna State Bureau for Interfaith (Islamic Affairs), Alhaji Tahir Baba Ibrahim, left, presents zakkat to one of the beneficiaries’, at 2018 NASFAT Kaduna Branch distribution of Zakkat at NASFAT Village Kaduna. Photo; BASHIR BELLO DOLLARS

By: KATO P.  LADAN, Kaduna

The Kaduna State Government impressed with the display of love to humanity
at the Nastrul-Lahi-L-Fatih Society of Nigeria, (NASFAT) Village Kaduna
recently where members and non-members of NASFAT were empowered by the Zakat Committee with items ranging from refrigerators, sewing machines
cheques and other food items said that the government of Governor El-Rufai is willing to partner with organizations working towards uplifting the
conditions of the citizenry.

The representative of the Governor, Zonal Coordinator, Bureau for
Islamic/Religious Affairs Central Zone, Governor’s Office Kaduna, Mallam
Tahir Bello disclosed this at the NASFAT Mosques while handing over items
to recipients. He urged the society not to relent in their efforts in
touching the lives of the less privileged as such has bountiful reward in
the sight of Allah.

Bello called on other bodies to emulate the good work of NASFAT.

Speaking on the objective of Zakat, Alhaji Abdulkadir Ibrahim (AL-MISRY)
said the primary objective of Zakat is to elevate the spirit of human being
above the material acquisition, saying that consequently, Islam does not
view the Zakat payer as a mere of sore of funds, but as a person who always
needs purification and cleansing, both spiritually and materially.

Al- Misry made this assertion while delivering a In his lecture, Al- Misry
said Allah has prescribed Zakat as a duty to Allah, upon every wealthy
individual. Zakat paid out of submission to the command of Allah, he said
is a means of purifying the soul of a Muslim from greed and miserliness.

Explaining the term, ‘Zakat’ and ‘Sadaqah often used interchangeably in the
Quran and Sunnah, he said, “Zakat refers to obligatory charity and sadaqah
refers to voluntary charity. Zakat can be categorized into two, types.
Zakat-ul-Maal (Zakat on the wealth) and Zakat-ul-Fitr (Zakat on the
individual) It is recommended to every Muslim to pay sadaqah even if you
have paid the two types of Zakat”. He explained.

“Zakat apart from it being used to help the poor and the needy, Zakat is a
means of.training Muslims on the virtues of generosity as much as it is a
means of purification from greed. Being paid in a repetitive pattern year
after year, regular Zakat and as well as Zakat al-fitr trains Muslims to
give and spend for charitable purpose. The Quran describes believers as the
righteous who have the virtue of spending for good reason”.

Explaining further, ” The Zakat system helps to make sure the society’s
wealth circulation is in a fair and clean condition. Definitely, there are
some restrictions in order to choose the Zakat recipients, the restrictions
can make sure those who receive the Zakat is with a reasonable and
acceptable reasons”.

Zakat system he explained has helped to reduce the poverty problem in many
countries, saying that the introduction of Zakat system is actually for the
purpose of this root cause of poverty. ” If everyone will need to pay
Zakat, no poor or the unfortunate would have to involve in the begging”, he
said.

The Chairman of the Zakat’s Committee, Usman Abdulrasaq Zulqurnain said his committee received 50 letters of request from members and non-members of NASFAT, and that such letters were treated accordingly. That he said was not the first time the committee is empowering people.  The cheques amounting to N1.5 million including items distributed he said is from money generated through the Zakat’s account. It is a programme the society Insha Allah would sustain. He concluded.

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