By AbdulWarees SOLANKE

Still on Zakat And Sadaqah.

With the various scholars who are the philosophers of our generation, the conversations have been illuminating and truly LIBERATING as Sheikh Suleiman Abdulrahman Adangba who has featured severally will always emphasized.

In the last session, he was not immediately available. So his voice was missing. Now, I’m honoured to add his voice as he in his usual deep style shed more light.

Sheikh : In our today’s world where we have this pandemic, if we were to be running our government finances the islam way,… the baituz zakat will call for zakaat to alleviate the sufferings of the poor and the vulnerable within the society.

Sometimes too, we could add the non-Muslims who are our neighbour so as to show the mercy of islam.

Thus zakat may have to come before the waqt (time) of same. The zakat payer in this period will have to pay to the institution of zakat so as to have a more accommodating service to all concerned and to save over spending on issues that are just essential but not necessary because there is a big and wide difference between ESSENTIALS AND NECESSITY.

Sheikh: The zakat and sadaqah foundations or the society in which you belong or a notable sheikh or the mosque that the imam is upright and steadfast, who attends responsibly to the ummah affairs be saddled with the responsibility of its distribution

This will also ginger those who wanted to help in this same way to follow suit.
It could occur that as our family relationship is in this region of the world, we may also direct those that we may have to give some palliative to go to such institutions to collect a share of what is been given.

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Some may ask that, as an individual if I do not have a profit that is up to the NISAB which does not qualify me to pay zakat? The answer is simple.. you give it out as sadaqah on the same format for the same reason that made zakat compulsory.

Sheikh: The NISAB is just 25000 naira from a million profit made from sales, not from the capital
“Take alms of their wealth, wherewith thou mayst purify them and mayst make them grow, and pray for them. Lo! thy prayer is an assuagement for them. Allah is Hearer, Knower”. That is the instruction of Allah in

If your salary after taking out the necessary and essential stuffs still remains a total above the NISAB then you are entitled to pay zakat, even if you over spend, which is out of your own discretion
You are eligible zakat

But if it is not enough to get to a NISAB in a year just give sadaqah to the level of your capacity and wait on Allah for his blessings.

Therefore, as the situation in the country persists and affects people’s lives negatively with hunger and losses, we need to start doing something that will bring relief to muslim’s existence by doing a collective zakat and sadaqah.

Jazakumullahu hairan.

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