Zakat foundation distributes materials worth N6.5 million to less privileged in Osun
Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation (ZSF), has distributed N6.5 million worth of cash and materials to 229 beneficiaries in Osun State.
Materials distributed include; sewing machines, deep freezers, generators, clippers among others.
The foundation also made cash donations to the aged, who were selected from Ede, Osogbo and their suburbs.
The foundation’s Executive Director Prince Sulayman Olagunju said the essence of Zakat in Islam is to eradicate poverty in the society.
According to him, 170 elders received cheques while empowerment materials were distributed to the youths.
“Zakat is a directive from Allah to assist the poor and the needy in order to establish a balanced society. When the rich show love to the poor by giving the poor-due from their wealth, the rich will feel secure and the poor will have rest of mind. They will eschew envy and reciprocate the good gesture by showing love to the rich in return. This is a veritable means of setting up a just, peaceful and egalitarian society that ensures equity and fairness,” he said.
Olagunju explained that early response of the Zakat payers helped the foundation to distribute the materials early in Ramadan, stating that any Muslim who has N1,183,030 or farm that worth the amount is entitled to pay Zakat.
He said: “Zakat is the 4th pillar of Islam which is a compulsory due that every wealthy Muslim must pay as soon as his or her money reaches Nisab (measure).
It’s been observed that many wealthy Muslims wrongly equate and misunderstood Sadaqat (voluntary donation or charity) for Zakat but these are two distinct institutions in Islam
“Zakat is meant for the poor and the needy. When collected from the wealthy Muslims, it must be centrally administered to get to the expected beneficiaries in the society”
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