The Al-Habibiyah Islamic Society of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja distributed cash and valuable items worth N5.5 million to indigent Muslims as part of its Zakat (alms giving) programme.
The Chief Imam of Al-Habibiyyah Mosque, Sheik Fuad Adeyemi, while distributing the items, said Zakat was a major pillar of Islam that was obligatory on wealthy Muslims in the society.
He said that the 9th Al-Habibiyyah public zakat disbursement was part of its annual programme to empower the poor and to make the society a better place for all.
According to him, cash donations and items such as deep freezers, sewing, welding, and grinding machines have been distributed to various categories of people in the society to empower them.
The Chief Imam said that about N2. 180 million had also been disbursed for the payment of students’ fees/accommodation and upkeep allowances of poor students at various tertiary institutions in the country.
“Apart from the items distributed today, 34 people here will be given monies for business startup, business upgrade and expansion while some are for tuition fees in tertiary institutions.
“In all, a total of N5.580 million is the total of the 9th public zakat disbursement,’’ he said.
Represented by Alhaji Farouk Suleiman, Chairman of the Zakat Foundation, Adeyemi, however, charged the beneficiaries to judiciously utilise the cash/items, so that by 2015, they could be buoyant enough to contribute to the fund.
“I want to charge all Muslims to uphold the fourth pillar of Islam by paying Zakat on their wealth regularly once it is due.
“By doing this, more and more people will be empowered and poverty will be reduced or even eradicated in our society,’’ he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that items distributed included six sewing machines, five deep freezers, three grinding machines and three welding machine machines.
Each beneficiary was also given about N30, 000 to establish their businesses.
One of the beneficiaries, Isiaku Ibrahim, who got a sewing machine and N30, 000 to start up his sowing business, thanked the organisation for the gesture.
He promised to use the item judiciously to take care of his family and hoped that the gift would keep him off the streets begging for alms. (NAN)