Abuja - Muslim worshippers in the country have been urged to contribute to donate towards helping needy members of the community that have been displaced by the Boko Haram crisis.
The faithful have been called upon to give through their zakat, an obligatory Muslim donation to the poor and needy, to more than a million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the northeast.
President of 1 Ummah Islamic Organisation in Abuja, Mallam Abubakar Sadiq Muhammad, urged the worshippers to play a part.
Muhammad added that the federal government and the international donor agencies as well as other local stakeholders could be left alone to give aid to the distressed people of the Northeast.
“One of the things we are encouraging is to call on the entire nation especially the Muslim Ummah which should know that part of the pillars of our religion is giving the zakat, if we can take out of this to help these people it will go a very long way,” said Muhammad.
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He said a significant number of Muslims did not give out their zakat while those who did did not o this in a proper way.
“If they can give their zakat to the internally displaced persons here, it will go a long way to ameliorate some of the sufferings we are seeing in some of these camps here,” Muhammad said.
He lamented that the situation at the refugee camps, which haves a population over 60 percent being underage children that have lost parents to the Boko Haram crisis, called for urgent attention from well meaning Nigerians.
Zakat is a charitable contribution, and is considered as a tax. The payment and disputes on zakat have played a major role in the history of Islam, such as the Ridda wars that fueled the conflict between the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam.
- CAJ News