Facing The Ka'aba

March 15, 2024

Lagos Secretariat mosque lifts over 60 indigent Muslims with Zakat

Lagos Secretariat mosque lifts over 60 indigent Muslims with Zakat

Concerned by the need to impact in the lives of indigent Muslims, the Lagos Secretariat Community Central Mosque has giving out a total of N3 million to 63 beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries were selected among the 92 male and female residents who applied to benefit from the proceeds of Mosque’s Zakat and Sadaqat purse.

Speaking at the maiden edition of the distribution held inside the Mosque auditorium in Ikeja, the Chairman of the Mosque, Engr. Abdul-Afiz Toriola, said the aim behind the creation of the board was to alleviate and lift the indigents and make the eligible to pay zakat to assist others.

Toriola noted that the payment of Zakat and Sadaqat would help to address all social vices, saying it promotes economic equality and love.

Earlier, the Executive Director, Zakat and Sadaqat Board, Murtala Balogun, explained that the fund was paid by members of the community in fulfilment of the 3rd Pillar of Islam, Zakat, for the year 2022 and 2023 respectively.

Balogun noted that the funds were disbursed to the 63 beneficiaries, in order to empower and assist them in meeting their medicals as well as educational needs.

He said: “For today’s maiden event, applicants for the benefits of zakat and sadaqah were carefully shortlisted and thoroughly screened by the Board with the support from knowledgeable members of the community.

“This exercise is meant to announce the arrival of coordinated and harmonized zakat & sadaqah process for the community and further create awareness to gain more zakatable members of the community to deposit their zakat and sadaqah and thus attain the purposes of zakat and sadaqah through best administrative processes”.

Meanwhile, he appealed to Muslims with deep pocket to pay their Zakat and Sadaqot through the mosque board for even distribution to indigent Muslims in the community.

According to him, “permit me to appeal to well-to-do members of the community to embrace this pillar of our noble religion with sincerity and duly perform it through the Board so as to expand its reach significantly.

“I also want to appeal to all the fortunate beneficiaries to apply the benefits judiciously as intended for it to impact positively on their livelihood”, he added.