WHIPSO gives D1.1M Zakat ul Fitr to Gambians

WHIPSO gives D1.1M Zakat ul Fitr to Gambians

By Cherno Omar Bobb

WHIPSO Gambia in partnership with its parent body based in Germany has extended another magnanimity to Muslims in The Gambia with the presentation of rice as Zakat ul Fitr on Eid Al-Adha day. The gesture excluding administration cost is valued at D1.1 million.

The charity distributed 660 bags of 50kg of rice to Pipeline mosque, King Fahad mosque, Serrekunda Gadafi’s mosque, Sukuta-Brusubi, Women Association of the Disable of Serrekunda, among other mosques and needy Muslims in the country as Zakat ul Fitr.

It also distributed Fidyah and Kaffarah of over five thousand food packs to needy Muslims as Iftar. It bought and slaughtered 15 cows and  cartons of chicken, all of which were distributed as meals to Masjids and needy Muslims as Iftar on daily basis for the Fidyah and Kaffarah. The budget for the Fidyah and Kaffarah was D1.4 million.

The foundation during the Holy month of Ramadan also distributed food packages to the needy across the country.

It also slaughtered 25 goats as Aqiqas and distributed them to 175 beneficiaries within Kombo.

It also slaughtered and cooked 8 sheep which it distributed as Iftar meals to people who were fasting.

Muhammed Nyan, Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, underscored the charity’s role in bettering the lives and livelihoods of needy families, saying they render support to needy families regardless of ethnicity, gender, political affiliations or religious beliefs. 

CEO Nyan observed that there were so many Ramadan projects but Alhamdullilah that they were able to successful complete their task.

He thanked the founder and CEO of WHIPSO Germany, Tariq Hazza for ensuring the foundation is able to touch the lives of people around the world. He also thanked their Head of projects Yunus Kuhnhardt and the entire WHIPSo team in Germany for working day and night to ensure they have not, only unsustainable projects but sustainable projects in The Gambia.

Meanwhile, Zakat ul Fitr (also known as Fitrana) is a charitable donation of food that must be given before Eid prayer, before the end of the month of Ramadan, for the love of Allah. Zakat ul-Fitr is compulsory upon every self-supporting adult Muslim who has food in excess of their needs, on behalf of themselves and their dependants.

Fidyah is paid for deliberately missing a fast with a valid reason to do so. The amount paid in Fidyah for each missed fast is equivalent to feeding one person. Fidyah is when someone cannot fast in Ramadan and cannot make up the lost days afterwards (for example, because of a long-term health condition), then they should pay (Fidya) for someone else to be fed.

However, Kaffarah is only paid if you break a fast without a valid reason. When paying Kaffarah, the payment for is the equivalent of feeding 60 people. To atone for the missed/intentionally broken fast, you must fast continuously for 60 days. If you are unable to do that, then you have to feed 60 poor people.

The Foundation was founded in 2018, WHIPSO is committed to supporting development initiatives regardless of ethnicity, gender, political affiliations or religious beliefs.

It basically supports projects that are of long-term benefit and some of these support cut across from education, water supply, infrastructure, agriculture, medical supplies and facilities, environmental protection, Ramadan aid for the needy among others.

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