108 Lagosians get uplift from Zakat foundation
Speaking during Lagos distribution, the Executive Director, Jaiz Charity, And Development Foundation, Dr. Abdullahi Shuaib, stated that the highest percentage of the proceeds will go into education support in order to increase the number of human capitalsas wellas to attain and sustain economic development.
He said, 54 percent of the beneficiary falls under the category of education support, and 32 percent fall under economic empowerment, while the remaining will take care of health challenges.
Explaining why education support has the highest percentage, Shuaib said education is the best legacy one can bequeath to the younger ones especially children from humble homes who are struggling to make ends meet.
“We believe that from our empirical studies over the years when we give people money for health challenges. More than 50 percent usually divert the money for sustenance, believing that God will take care of their challenge.
“ This happened because, the foundation has little control over the monitoring aspect but at the point of doing the mid assessment, we do realize that the money giving out to take care of their health issue was divert to other things.
“Likewise on economic empowerment, the foundation has placed more emphasis on buying equipment for beneficiaries and equally tried to reduce the number of beneficiaries that usually access physical cash. We believe the equipment will generate income for them.
He advised the student to focus on their academic pursuit, to open greater opportunities for them.
“Allah has solved one of your challenges by providing this unique opportunity for you. So dedicate your time to study very hard and ensure that you come out with good grades”
Grand Mufti of Conference of Islamic Organisations (CIO) Sheikh Dhikrullah Shafi’i said empowerment has been in existence from the time of Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and Zakat is the essential component of Islamic Economic System, which eradicates poverty completely through proper implementation.
He noted that the success of the Zakat institution couldn’t be denied due to an increase in sustainability every year. “A lot of success has been achieved, particularly the increase in the amount of zakat collection throughout the country.
He said government participation in Zakat collection will be of huge impact and will drive the achievement of prosperity in the country.
“The reason why some Muslims are still enmeshed in poverty despite the high proceeds of Zakat is due to non-involvement of the government in the system. The government needs to support the system before it can be effective”. He urged clerics to give proper enlightenment to Zakat payee and beneficiaries, saying that most people paying Zakat were only paying sadaqat due to the fact that they are not aware of the actual amount they suppose to pay.” Likewise, Zakat beneficiaries don’t know about the usage of Zakat proceeds”.
The Chief Imam, Adangba Central Mosque, Sheikh Abdurahman Sulaiman Adangba, said despite the success in increasing the collection of zakat from year to year so many Muslims are still battering in poverty.
“So many Muslims were enmeshing in poverty because they lack the education usage of Zakat. We must let people know that Zakat is not free money, although it is giving to them to use. They are to work with it and return it back into the system so that others could benefit as they have benefited”.
He advised that a template should be put in place to avoid the proliferation of Zakat proceeds. Proliferation “This globally accepted template, will serve as a medium to disburse, collect zakat. If we start using the template, it will resist the situation whereby people collect Zakat from different Zakat organization,” he said.
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