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UNFPA, Muslim leaders to launch National Zakat House project

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National Muslim organisations in Ghana in conjunction with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), will launch a programme in Accra in support of a National Zakat House project, to support the reduction of maternal mortality.

The project would also focus on women empowerment and poverty alleviation.

The Zakat House to be incorporated by the main Muslim sects in Ghana would be inaugurated by President John Evans Atta Mills on Saturday, September 10 and is expected to attract the Muslim community including entrepreneurs, scholars and women leaders.

Zakat is one of the Pillars of Islam and is therefore obligatory for Muslims to observe it to show that they are true adherents of the religion.

Abdel-Manan Abdel-Rahman, an organiser with the Coalition of Muslim Organisations issued a press release on Thursday, which said a National Zakat Conference was organised last year in Accra which brought together participants to deliberate on the establishment of a Zakat body in Ghana.

This led to the establishment of a pilot Zakat Funds across the country aimed at supporting the government to achieve the project objectives.

The Zakat House would be a centralised point for the collection, management and disbursement of the Zakat, which is 2.5 per cent of one’s income.

Abdel-Rahman said the Zakat House seeks to provide opportunities and training to poor women to enable them generate income, provide training for skills formation and entrepreneurship development.

The UNFPA in 2008 organised a week conference for Muslim and Christian leaders across African in Sokoto, Nigeria to fashion out a strategy to support UNFPA in its activities to reduce maternal morality and poverty alleviation.

The 40 countries that participated in the conference issued a communiqué which urged Muslims to establish a Zakat Fund to mobilise resources to support UNFPA and the countries implementing the Millennium Development Goals.

Source: GNA

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2 comments

  1. let me commend the organizers of this initiative on their foresight, however I will like to caution them on the caliber of people they appoint, especially in the various regions. Inshallah this will never fail. Once again i commend you for that. You have my unflinching support

  2. ﺒﺴﻢﺍﷲﺍﻠﺮﺤﻤﻦﺍﻠﺮﺤﻳﻢ
    In the name of Allaah Most Gracious Most Merciful

    Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu

    Hope and pray this finds you and your family in good health and in high spirits.

    Thank you so much. Sure, and that’s why a Policy Document has come along the launching. What is most important is the general attitude of Muslims in this country in not raising their voices when the wrong thing is being done. Once we can make a promise to we will not shirk our responsibility at holding our own accountable, no matter who is involved, then we will be on the road to chalking successes, in-shaa Allaah.