By Musa Sabir
Paying Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam, mandatory upon any Muslim who is able to fulfill.
However Zakat al-Fitr is a charity given to the poor, days before the end of fasting in the Islamic month of Ramadhan.
The County Zakah Officer at Supreme Administration-Arua, Sheikh Abdul Mutwalib Kiiza explains that the purpose of giving the charity is to ensure everyone enjoys the festival of Eid-al-Fitr.
“It is food for the needy and poor during Eid-al-Fitr, Zakat al Fitr bring equity so that on Eid day you find everyone feels the same; the poor enjoys the same with rich” he says.
Sheikh Tairi Moses, the Zakah Officer in Arua Municipality under Uganda Muslim Supreme Council says, about 4 categories of people benefits from the collections made to mark the feast of Eid-al-Fitr.
The categories includes, a person who cannot afford full meal, one who cannot completely buy food, new converts and also person who is responsible for the collections.
Meanwhile, the Imam at Umar Mukhtar Mosque Yusus Yunus Ibrahim appeals for transparency in distribution of the collections to the beneficiaries.
He urged the leaders to ensure all the categories benefit from the collections as required.
One is required to pay for 2 kilograms of the staple food on all the family members considering market price, and the deadline of paying is before the prayer of Eid-al-fitr is performed. End