In a bid the discourage begging among its faithfuls and empower the downtrodden, 71 adherent to the Muslim faith yesterday were presented with various gift items including cash gift.
The chief Imam of Benin, Alhaji Mohammed Edosomwan, while speaking at the 5th Zakat and Sadaqat (ZSF), distribution ceremony in Benin City, the Edo State capital, yesterday at the Benin Central Mosque admonished Muslims to always fulfill the Islamic injunction which encourage Zakat.
He commended the foundation and it patron for their disposition by assisting the needy, eradicating poverty and discouraging begging through empowerment programmes.
On his part, the executive director of the foundation, Prince Suleiman Olagunju, said the foundation was established 18 years ago to alleviate poverty among Muslim faithful through the payment of Zakat.
He noted that the major constrain the foundation is faced is the nonpayment of Zakat by some Muslim adding that it is obligatory for all Muslims to pay.
“Islam emphasised that those who have money can set aside certain percentage for the needy. The aim of this is to collect from the rich and render help to the poor. We want to empower the less privilege in the society to remove beggars from the streets. Islam has nothing to do with begging. He added.
One of the beneficiaries, a blind 200 level student of Mass Communication at the University of Benin, Suleiman Olawale Abdulkarim, who was presented with a laptop expressed satisfaction at the gesture.
He said, “I have been looking forward to a day like this. I am virtually impaired. I can’t write exams without a laptop. I used to borrow laptop from my friend. I am very grateful.”
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