National Islamic Ijtmah committee vice chairperson, Sheikh Idrissah Muhammad, on Saturday bemoaned the reluctance by some Malawian Muslims to pay Zakaat (charity), one of the five pillars of Islam, which is a compulsion they are supposed fulfill.
Sheikh Muhammad was speaking at the Old Airport in Mangochi where over 5,000 Muslims from different parts of Malawi and abroad gathered for the 2010 Ijtmah organized by National Islamic ijtmah committee.
In his sermon centering on the theme: “transforming and inculcating self-reliance in Muslim communities”, Sheikh Muhammad urged Malawian Muslims to observe the payment of charity to help consolidate the financial base for the Muslims and support the needs of the community. He advised Muslims to avoid only relying on Muslims of Asian origin for support towards various Islamic programs.
“I wonder why some Muslims in Malawi are reluctant to pay Zakaat yet the Quran commands us to do so,” he said.
“We want to build an Islamic complex, an Islamic University, health clinics and also look at the welfare of our Sheikhs. We should be able to do this with the money from our pockets and not just rely on our friends of Asian origin,” said Sheikh Muhammad.
In addition, National Islamic Ijtmah committee chairperson brother Austin Biton Ajawa said National Islamic Zakaat Fund (NIZF) was launched last year where collection of Zakaat is made from regional and national levels for the implementation of the fund, so that at the end of every year, Malawian Muslims should know where to pay their Zakaat.
He also produced a report of how the NIZF has conducted its operations saying they have collected a lot of items like maize, cattle, and many other things.
NIZF also donated a cheque amounting to MK250, 000 to the National Dawah Association which was presented by former president of Malawi, Dr. Bakili Muluzi and former vice president Dr. Cassim Chilumpha and was received by Sheikh Ali Abdul the chairperson of the Association.
Ijtmah, held annually since 1965, is a second largest Muslim gathering in the world where people get together and share the word of God and discuss how they can overcome challenges affecting the Muslim community.
Among prominent figures who attended the event were Sheikh Amir Khauf from Tanzania, Brother Saleem Banda from South Africa, Mufti Cassim Abassi who was also guest of honour and many more.
The Ijtma started on Friday, October 8 and ended on Sunday, October 10th 2010.
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Alhamdullialhi Sheikh Muhammad for his speech at this crucial function. Honestly speaking our fellow Asian Muslims are in trouble with us. Every function we organize, be it ijtima, dawah or any other Islamic function, we do our budget based on their pockets. It is like a MUST for them to sponsor our programs. We can't raise even a few kwachas for our own programs. Its high time we stop this begging syndrome and learn to sponsor ourselves and be proud of our achievements. As elderly Muslims, this is what we have taught our children as well. Believe this, even the youth, our offsprings are busy organizing get-togethers with nothing in their pockets and move from door to door in these Asian shops/organizations begging for money to hold their functions. See what we have taught them now? Nothing except laziness because a begger never thinks of working for herself/himself, someone else has to provide this or that to him/her. I urge all those Islamic organizations that deal with the youth to fight hard to kill the dependency syndrome incalculated in them by us their parents. Inshaallah their mindset might change.
This is very encouraging.Most donors fail to commit themselves into assisting various programmes because of lack of confidence in those administering the it.With this spirit of report presentation, it can create confidence and good will between the two sides. Bravo NIZF team.May Allah give you courage and reward you more inshaallah.