Moslems have been urged to pay Zakah in a bid to eradicate poverty and reduce income inequality across the country.
Zakat (also known as ‘Zakah’), is the giving of a set amount of your wealth to charity.
While addressing Zakat recipients in a Zakat Distribution opening ceremony held at Wandegeya on Saturday, managing director House of Zakat and Waqf Uganda Dr Anas Kaliisa said:
“It is always your responsibility to pay Zakat and let it be spiritual duty.
“It’s through Zakat that you will fulfil the commandment of Allah and help the needy.”
It should be noted that Zakat is the third pillar out of the five pillars of Islam.
On the function at Wandegeya, House of Zakat and Waqf Uganda revealed a dummy cheque of sh916m which is going to be distributed in Uganda.
An amount and goods totalling to Sh123m was distributed on the day as the first phase under the theme: ‘Zakat Distribution for Economic Empowerment.’
House of Zakat and Waqf Uganda (HZWU) is a non-denominational and not for profit organization set up to manage and administer Zakat (obligatory dues) and preservation of Waqf (endowment) in accordance with the teaching of the Holy Quran, Hadith, Consensus and Analogy for the social wellbeing of Muslims and development of Islam.
The organisation distributed cash, refrigerators, Saucepans, tailoring machines, blankets, mattresses to the needy.
Speaking with Sharifa Nansereko, a resident of Lukuli – Makindye, one of the recipients of a tailoring machine, she showed her delight:
“Allah has been good to me, this machine I going to help me raise fees do my child, Am a single mum.
“I am going to continue working hard with this, and hopefully my life will improve. I encourage everyone to pay Zakat as it’s a sure way to help the needy improve their lives.”