In any effort to achieve greater results, venturing into new horizons, breaking mythical frontiers and riding amongst the giants are key traits needed. One of the giants in the Zakat operation industry is Lembaga Zakat Negeri Kedah Darul Aman (LZNK) in Malaysia. They own a Zakat tower of 11 floors with each space on the tower occupied with operations of Zakat.

The CEO of this Zakat Board (Kedah) Shk Zakaria bin Othman in his speech with us, on why the Menara (tower) Zakat was built, like Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad the Prime Minister of Malaysia remarked on why he built the Petronas towers, Sheikh Zakaria Othman said that in times of reflection and striving higher, one must leap and climb up to see how far he is left behind. Hence the Zakat Tower.

House of Zakat and Waqf Uganda can proudly smile over winning a giant partner and a member of the World Zakat Forum in LZNK.

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Dakar, April 16 (Xinhua) - Waqf High Authority (HAW) chief executive Oulimata Diop stressed on Tuesday in Dakar the need for Zakat appropriation, a form of social security, according to her, by all actors concerned with the promotion and development of the economy to better fight against poverty.

Zakat is "a real social security system designed to lay the foundations for a just economy, benefiting all citizens and promoting the distribution of wealth," she said, on occasion of the pre-forum on the institution of zakat in Senegal.

For Mrs. Oulimata Diop, this pillar of Islam should challenge today all the actors concerned with the promotion of economic development to better fight against poverty.

She recalled that zakat consists of a "compulsory levy on the property of rich Muslims for the benefit of the poorest strata of society".

In the current context in which our country '' has embarked on an inclusive development process based on a solidarity economy which has resulted in the establishment of several social mechanisms '', '' the organization of this pre-forum is to greet, "she said.

It gives the opportunity, according to her, "to revisit a key institution of the Islamic redistribution mechanism that played an important role in the care of the poorest social strata, which has its place in our country of 95 % of Muslims and whose challenges of poverty are to be met ''.

The vice president of the Islamic Fund for Zakat, Ismaëla Ndiaye, for his part, said: "We must base our collection policy on a local endogenous dimension by saying that the Senegalese are Muslims and the others are not more believers [that we] ''. According to him, "they have the means and the capacity to mobilize for mutual help and solidarity to better support those in need". This pre-forum has just given the opportunity to all the organizations to unite their strengths and their experiences to tell to the government, here is a model that you can put into practice to meet the needs of many people of our fellow citizens, "he said. DS / ASG / MD -APS |

Zakah payers in Uganda under their umbrella House of Zakat and Waqf have given more than Shs1 billion to vulnerable Muslims across the country as part of their effort to curb poverty and promote girl-child education.
House of Zakat and Waqf Uganda is a non-denominational and not-for-profit organization set up to manage and administer Zakat (alms) and Waqf or endowment in accordance with the teaching of the Holy Quran and Hadith for the social well being of Muslims and development of Islam. Zakah is the third pillar of Islam and is the giving of a set amount of your wealth to the needy through charity.

Speaking to the media during the distribution process at their offices in Kampala yesterday, Kibuli-based Deputy Supreme Mufti Sheikh Mahmood Kibaate said Zakah is compulsory for all Muslims, and not only for the rich and urged more Muslims to join the cause.

 “In this financial year 2018/2019 we collected Shs1, 203,222,094 billion. 87% of the total collections have been distributed. 13% went to operations. We request those who need help to apply early,” he said.

House of Zakat also caters for entrepreneurs, individuals who have small businesses and those who have formed Saccos and need capital.
Some of the Machinery distributed to the Muslim youth groups for carpentry and Car washing
Apart from the scholarship, other items given out included sewing machines, cash, agricultural inputs and welding machines, Carpentry machinery and Car washing machines. Sheikh Kibaate said they focused on education this year and offered more than 600 scholarships both in secondary schools and higher institutions.

“This year, we have managed to offer 300 scholarships scholarship at Metropolitan International University and the Islamic University in Uganda and the majority were girls,” he said.
 Distribution of 150 Scholarships by the Chairman, Education Dept. of House of Zakat, Dr. Ibrahim Matovu
Ambassador Ahmed Kisuule, Sharia Board Member (House of Zakat) urged Muslims not to mix Zakah and politics because it will affect Ummah, the society, and the purpose of helping the needy.

“These days, people have been taken up by politics and this is not good because it has affected several government-aided projects aimed at fighting poverty across the country,” he said.
Ambassador Kisuule said the campaign, which takes place every year, aims to help vulnerable Muslims living below the poverty line.

Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Saad Abubakar on Friday turbanned Malam Lawal Maidoki, as Sadaukin Sokoto.

Dignitaries from within and outside the Nigeria graced the ceremony, which was held at the Sultan’s Palace, Sokoto.

The ceremony was spectacular because it was the first time the Sultan has appointed  Sadauki, which means one who is committed to service to humanity.

The recipient is a   member Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Nigeria, National President of Dawah Coordinating Council of Nigeria and Chairman Sokoto State Zakat and Endowment Commission.

The Sulatn said the title was bestowed on him in recognition of his years of selfless service to the people.

He said over time, the Islamic scholar had earned the respect of many through sheer commitment to humanitarian and community services.

The Sultan also noted that Maidoki, a trained Agricultural Engineer, combines his professional career with voluntary human development initiatives.

“Maidoki played vital roles in voluntary community development organisations, religious groups activities and his career service from his youthful age to present status,” he pointed out.

The royal father also acknowledged the efforts of  Mallam Maidoki in transforming the state’s Zakkat Commission.

He also said  Mallam Maidoki   was also in the forefront of contributing to the development of  various communities in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.

The monarch enjoined him to continue with the good works to justify the Sultanate council and public confidence.

Also, the governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal spoke highly of Mallam Maidoki, underscoring  his efforts in advancing the cause of Islam and contributions to community development.

“So many of us have a lot to learn from the life of Mallam Maidoki,” he said.

In his response the recipient said he was grateful for the honour done to him by the Sultan.

“I feel honoured and thank Allah (SWT) because it is all made by Him and I also pray He makes it easy for me to discharge my duties as expected and in the best manner it would please Allah (SWT).” |

House of Zakat and Waqf Uganda (HOZWU) is the first locally founded Zakat institution in Uganda. Established by a group of respectable and resourceful Muslims in 2010 to streamline the collection and distribution of Zakat in Uganda, a secular state with 14.7% of 41million population being Muslims.

The 1ST National Zakat Conference in Uganda with a main theme; Zakat as an instrument for Poverty Alleviation and Social Development, had the following objectives, to promote Zakat as a third pillar of Islam and an instrument for poverty alleviation, to galvanize and bring together other Zakat Practitioners on mosque and county levels, to inculcate high values of integrity, accountability and transparency into the operations of other Muslim charity organizations, and to leverage on the experiences of advanced Zakat institutions’ experiences and knowledge to develop other local charities. 

The Conference was officially opened by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Rt. General Kahinda Otafiire. 

Presenters included, Dr. M.A. Kisuule, Dr. Ziyaad Lubanga, Ambassador Isaac Sebulime, Namungo Hamzah (Hozwu/World Zakat Forum), Hajati Zaujja Ndifuna (An Educationist), Col. Pius Alitema (Peace and Security) and Sheikh Mahmood Kibaate. The Chairman, Board of Directors of HOZWU Sheikh Abdu Obeid Kamulegeya also graced the occassion.

The Conference had the following resolutions,

  1. House of Zakat and Waqf Uganda applauded for the efforts exerted in raising the awareness in Muslim of Uganda about the importance of the third pillar of Islam- Zakat collection and distribution and general management.
  2. The House of Zakat and Waqf, Uganda should continue with its focus and plan to accommodate and work together with all Muslim groups in Uganda.
  3. House of Zakat and Waqf, Uganda to continue with its plans of sensitizing Muslims about the importance of Zakat and its related laws in Islam and to organize Zakat Conferences and seminars similar to this in all regions and districts of Uganda.
  4. High Values such as Integrity, accountability, transparency and unity are integral to the whole chain of Zakat management.
  5. Security and stability are prerequisite for social development, Zakat inclusive.
  6. Since unity of Muslims plays an important and effective role in promoting Zakat, Muslims should to work together towards achieving unity.
  7. World Zakat Forum appreciated by the Conference for sharing Experience and Information aimed at uplifting the standard of performance of House of Zakat and Waqf Uganda.
  8. Zakat should majorly be distributed in poverty alleviation initiatives to support Government Poverty Alleviation Programs.
  9. Participants applauded the good work done by the House of Zakat Education Department for giving out 657 scholarships in Secondary School and 150 in Universities in 2017-2019.


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