The Hadejia Emirate Council Zakat Committee in Jigawa, says it has distributed 564 bags of grains worth over N5 million to 168 less privileged in Lafiya, Guri District of the council.
Sheikh Yusif Abdulrahman, the Acting Chairman of the Committee and Chief Imam of Hadejia Central Mosque, made the disclosure at the inauguration of the distribution exercise in Guri, Jigawa.
The Mail News reports that Zakat is a form of charity or alms which is considered as a religious obligation in Islam. Zakat, which is one of the five pillars of Islam can also be paid in kinds or cash and on certain number of livestock.
“Zakat of grain is an annual exercise in which farmers after harvest are expected to give certain quantity of the produce to the needy.
“The produce are normally stocked at the residence of either the ward head or the village head, and the committee will later go round and distribute same to the deserving families in that area,” Abdulrahman said.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Council of Clerics in the area, Sheikh Abdullahi Gaje, noted that Zakat had enormous benefits in this world and the hereafter.
“Zakat (Alms) cleanses the heart; purifies wealth and attracts Allah’s protection in ones grave after death and on judgement day.
“That is why it is obligatory for every Muslim who is financially buoyant to give Zakat to the needy,” he said.
He, therefore, called on large holder farmers and wealthy individuals to fear God and ensure prompt payment of Zakat in accordance with the Islamic codes.