KANO – The Kano State Zakkat and Endowment Commission on Saturday disbursed N2.3 million as Zakkat (alms) to 235 Imams in the state.
The Director-General of the commission, Alhaji Sufiyanu Gwagwarwa, made the disclosure during a special prayer session conducted for the sustenance of peace in the state and the country in Kano.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the session was organised by the board of the commission to seek God’s intervention to the current security challenges bedevilling some parts of the country.
He said each of the beneficiaries was given N10,000, pointing out that the money was from the amount collected as Zakkat from wealthy Muslims in Kano State.
According to him, the commission has selected 1,000 Imams who will benefit from the largesse this year.
He urged the Imams to continue to pray for peace, unity and development of the country.
He said “there is need for constant prayers for peace in this country, in view of the incessant killing of innocent citizens by insurgents.’’
Gwagwarwa advised rich Muslims in the state to ensure prompt payment of Zakkat to enable the commission to disburse same to the poor.
“I want to use this opportunity to call on wealthy Muslims to ensure prompt payment of Zakkat (alms) as enshrined in the Holy Qur’an.
“It is obligatory for any wealthy Muslim in the society to pay Zakkat, which is usually given to the needy to alleviate their sufferings,’’ he added. (NAN)