Only Islam collects from the rich, renders to the poor – Sulaiman


By HAROON I Balogun 

The Zakat & Zadaqat Foundation, under The Muslim Congress (TMC), recently in Akure, disbursed cash and items worth N1million to 31 less privileged people in Ondo State.

•Some of the participants in the main marquee at the Hadeeqatul Mahdi.

Olagunju Sulaiman, the Executive Director of the foundation, said that the gesture was designed to boost poverty eradication in the state.

Zakat, one of the five pillars of Islam, is a form of alms giving treated as a religious obligation or tax. It is ranked in importance next to the five daily prayers.

Olagunju said: “We have been collecting zakat for the past 17 years and we started from Lagos in year 2000 before moving out to other states.

“Our rate of movement is far better than when we started. We have been to 10 states including Edo, Delta, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Kwara, Lagos and Abuja, and this year we are adding two…

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