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Alhaji Abdulrahman Alalubosa delivering a lecture at the 3rd National Zakat day of Al-Habibiyyah Zakat and Endowment Foundation in Abuja.

Al-Habibiyyah distributes startup tools worth N9.3m to vulnerable groups

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By Ahmed Ubandoma

The Al-Habibiyyah Charity and Endowment Foundation on Saturday in Abuja distributed startup items worth N9.3million to vulnerable groups.

Speaking at the distribution ceremony, the National Chief Imam of  Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Centre, Imam Fuad Adeyemi said that the gesture was initiated as part of the commandment of almighty Allah to give charity to the needy in the society.

He also said, this was part of the foundation’s efforts to combat poverty
among vulnerable groups in the society.

NAN reports that this is the organisation’s thirteenth public zakat disbursement and third National Zakat Day with the theme: WAQF; Combating Poverty among citizenry.

NAN also reports that some of the items distributed include refrigerators, sewing and grinding machines.

Others are generators, carpentry tools, gas cookers and barber tools.

Adeyemi said the foundation set aside every second of Sha’aban, that is the ninth month in the Islamic Calendar as “National Zakat Day’”’

The day, he said, is set to create awareness and remind muslims about the importance of the most neglected pillar of Islam with a Theme; “Waqaf; Combating Poverty”.

”You know zakat (Charity) is the third pillar of Islam and if is executed well is enough to make the entire country not only the Muslim community better and it can the status its beneficiary.

”We realised that people are not paying their zakat correctly.

”As a religious organisation, the essence of religion is to cater for the needy to ease the pains of the poor especially at this critical time of our nation” he said.

Cross section of dignitaries at the 13th Public Zakat Disbursement of Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society.

 

Also speaking, the representative of the Chairman of the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) Mr Mustapha Alkali, stressed the importance of giving zakat to the vulnerable groups.

He said, giving charity to the needy will go a long way to reduce poverty and hunger in the land.

”If we come together to share what Allah has blessed us with, we will not be having these challenges of banditry, kidnappings and other vices.

”When we give, people will have what to eat,  because hunger is something that knows no religion, no tribe” Alkali said.

Earlier, the guest lecturer at the event,  Imam Abdulrahman Alalubosa enumerated the significance of charity in Islamic perspective encouraged wealthy Nigerians to prioritised alms giving.

According to him,  giving charity is the surest way to enter paradise.

Alalubosa whose lecture centred on WAQF which is an  Arabic word that mean to prevent poverty by giving zakat.

The guest lecturer urged the participants to imbibe the spirit of love and sharing.

”One of the essence of the existence of mankind is to leave a legacy behind,  ensure that you do not exit thos world without leaving a legacy behind through charitable activities ” he said.

Some of the items distributed as startup tools to beneficiaries of Al-Habibiyyah Charity Foundation in Abuja.

 

Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to NAN expressed their appreciation to the foundation for identifying with them in their moment of needs.

Mr Sunday Ajibode, one of the beneficiary who got barbing materials expressed gratitude to Al-Habibiyyah Foundation.

“When I was asked to fill a form, I didn’t believe that I will get the items because of my faith but now I have confidence that Al-Habibiyyah does not discriminate.

”I promise to utilise this opportunity to better  my life going forward ” Ajibode said.

Another beneficiary Miss Hadiza Adamu, who got sewing machine said:”I pray that this foundation will continue to go higher and higher in the name of our dear lord.”

NAN reports that Zakat is an Islamic financial term.

As one of the pillars of the faith, it requires all Muslims to donate a portion of their wealth to charity.

Muslims must meet a certain threshold before they can qualify for zakat.

The amount is 2.5 per cent or 1/40 of an individual’s total savings and wealth.(NAN)(www.nannews.ng).

Edited by Sadiya Hamza

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