The Kazaure Emirate Council’s Zakat Committee in Jigawa has distributed grains worth N4.6 million to 2,562 indigent people in the emirate, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Nasiru Lawan, spokesman of the council told NAN in Kazaure on Thursday that beneficiaries cut across the four local government areas of Kazaure, Roni, Gwiwa and Yankwashi.
Mr Lawan said that the grains distributed to the needy included rice, sorghum and millet.
“The farm produce, including millet, rice and sorghum, were recently distributed to the needy by the Zakat Committee chaired by Alhaji Bala Muhammed.
“Grains zakat is an annual exercise in which farmers, who harvest a certain quantity of grains, are expected to give part of the grains to the downtrodden.
“The produce are normally stocked at the residence of either the ward head or the village head, and the committee will later go round and distribute them to the needy in that area,” he said.
According to him, distribution of the farm produces zakat was to complement government’s efforts toward poverty alleviation.
Mr Lawan, therefore, called on large-scale farmers and other wealthy individuals to fear God and ensure they give out zakat as at when due.
NAN reports that zakat, which is one of the five pillars of Islam, is also paid in cash and on a certain number of livestock.
It is obligatory for every Muslims who is financially buoyant to pay zakat to the needy to purify his wealth and seek blessings from Allah.