LEMU empowers vulnerable amid Nigerians economic hardship
As many Nigerians continue to face financial hardship amid high inflation, Lekki Muslim Ummah (LEMU) has empowered over 300 persons with N55 million worth of items and money to cushion the effect of the gloomy economic crisis on the vulnerable.
Speaking during the 2022 Zakat Disbursement Programme held at Admiral Jubrila Ayinla Multipurpose Hall, Lekki Central Mosque Lagos, the Chairman of Lekki Muslim Zakat and Sadaqat Committee and member, Board of Trustee, Lekki Muslim Ummah, Yunus Olalekan Saliu, said that there is a drastic increase in the number of this year’s Zakat recipients compared to previous years.
“ This is, undoubtedly a reflection of the present harsh economic condition in Nigeria, characterised by the continuous free fall of the naira in the foreign exchange market, coupled with a high rate of inflation, making life unbearable for many. The reality is that there is a phenomenal increase in the number of people living below the poverty line with consequent widespread hunger and anger in the land.”
He noted that the difficult socio-economic environment took its toll on LEMU’s Zakat collections, by reversing the growth trend experienced in recent years.
“Total collection dropped to N55 million, compared to about N60 million realised in 2020 and 2021.
“On behalf of the Lekki Muslim Ummah, I wish to express profound appreciation and thanks to all our zakat givers for their benevolence and kindness. They are happy fulfilling their religious obligations dutifully and setting fine examples for others.
Indeed, the gentlemen and ladies have helped a great deal to put smiles on the faces of today’s Zakat beneficiaries. May Allah reward them abundantly, and grant them goodness in this world and the ultimate success in the hereafter. “The Chief Imam of Lekki Central Mosque, Sheikh Ridwan Jamiu, stressed the importance of zakat, the third pillar of Islam.
He said: “Rich is relative; a rich man somewhere is a pauper elsewhere. It is the Shari’ah that determines who is rich through the Nisab. Hence, whoever meets the requirements should pay zakat.”
Jamiu noted that there is no harm in policing the beneficiaries to ensure they don’t lavish or divert the funds, but there is no need for that since the monies belong to them.
He urged artisans and craftsmen to go for mentoring and ensure the all-round development of their craft.
A beneficiary, Hikmah Abdul-Kareem, SS2 student, said she applied for zakat because she and her brother needed to pay their school fees after they lost their father.
She said: “I’ve been here before. I applied for cash for my education because I lost my dad.”
Abdul-Kareem, who is also a student of graphics design added that she needs a personal computer in order to hone her skills and become self-reliant.