by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
An Islamic organization, ‘NAstrul-Lahi-L-Fatih Society, NASFAT,’ on Sunday distributed empowerment items worth hundreds of thousands naira to 23 to needy persons in Kaduna state.
The items distributed members and non-women members include sewing machines, grinding engines, refrigerators, foods and drinks, bank cheques, respectively, among others.
Speaking to newsmen at the end of the ceremony at NASFAT Kaduna zone, the zonal Imam of NASFAT Kaduna state, Muhammad Ma’aruf Muhammad Raji, said the programme is an Islamic gesture, known as “Zakkat.”
“This is Zakkat, one of the pillars of Islam, which goes with giving by the wealthy among Muslims to the needy, the poor, the categories of people mentioned in the Holy Quar’an.
“One of the key values is to see to the welfare of mankind, not only Muslim members but also non-Muslims.
“We have Zakkat Committee entrusted in collection and distribution of of Zakkat, and this is one of the events we have been doing annually for the past four years,” he said.
Imam Raji also noted that, “It also serves as empowerment to those that can be empowered by those empowered today.
“Part of Zakkat can be used to settle debt owed by beneficiaries; that is why you see us giving cheques to some people – some beneficiaries,” he said.
In his remarks, the Kaduna Branch Chairman of NASFAT, Engr. Muhyideen Alimi Yusuf, commended Zakkat Committee for their dedication, and pledged to continue to implement the programme.
He advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the items given them judiciously in order to add value and help change their lives. “Not only by changing their financial status. They, too, would be able to help others, who are in need,” he said.
Members of the committee of the programme also commended the body for the recognition, consideration and confidence reposed on them to serve the organization.