Muslims urged to ensure prompt payment of Zakat and Zakat-Ul-Fitr


By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Oyo State Coordinator of the Zakat and Sadakat foundation (ZSF), Dr Abdulnafiu Musa has advised Muslims in Nigeria to ensure prompt payment of Zakat and Zakat-Ul-Fitr and offer charity deeds.
Dr Musa gave the advice in Ibadan, at the Iftar (fast break) organized by the foundation for Muslim Media Practitioners in Oyo state
He declared that this became necessary in view of the urgent need to properly alleviate the needs of the needy in the society, adding that a major aim of the foundation was to re-awaken the spirit of Zakat and Sadakat payments among Muslims and to bridge the wide gap that exists among the rich and the poor.
The Coordinator maintained that the time for those “whose money is due for Zakah to do so in a bid to purity their souls, businesses and families as he informed that the organization has designed ways of distributing the items collected to the needy without any rancor”.
“Zakat and Sadakat is a foremost foundation to alleviate poverty in the society and bridge the gap between the rich and the poor in the society and re-awaken the spirit of Zakat payment, majority of those who are supposed to pay Zakat are not paying it. We are doing this to re-awaken the spirit of Zakat payment and distribute accordingly,” he said.
Dr Musa noted that the payment of Zakatul-Ul-Fitr helps Muslims to purify their fasting and used to feed the needy so that they will run away from begging, adding that “Zakat-Ul-Fitr is obligatory on all freeborn matured Muslims who can afford food in excess for a day and night on behalf of members of his household such as wives, children, parents, house help, brothers and dependants.
“Items to be used for Zakatul-Ul-Fitr according to the societal need include Rice, Beans, Garri, Yam Flour, Millet and so on. Zakat-Ul-Fitr can be paid on the last ten days of Ramadan up to the morning of Eid- day before going to the praying ground”.
He stated that the foundation has established centres for its collection and distribution throughout the country.


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