Unfortunate that only few Muslims pay Zakat, says Mirwaiz

Unfortunate that only few Muslims pay Zakat, says Mirwaiz
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SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference and Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema patron Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday termed the fasting month of Ramadan as full of bounties and rewards for the faithful who fast for the sake of Almighty Allah.
“It is the month in which Almighty Allah distributes His blessings on the faithful directly,” Mirwaiz said while addressing a religious gathering after Zuhr prayers at Krala Masjid Hawal.
He said while fasting takes the believers closer to Almighty, it also lays emphasis on making the institution of Zakat (charity) more vibrant. “The believers must pay Zakat in this holy month so that poor and destitute too celebrate Eid,” he said.
Mirwaiz said it was unfortunate that while Kashmir comprises majority of Muslim population but only few people follow the concept of Zakat and stay away from the deed that has been declared one of the five pillars of Islam. This is the reason that Kashmir has a record number of orphans, widows and destitute who crave for two times of food, clothing and shelter, he said.
He urged people to pay charity to deserving institutes so that the financial help reaches the real deserving people and Kashmir emerges as an economically vibrant and stable society.
“Those paying charity must ensure that the financial help reaches out to hundreds of widows and orphans and other needy persons who suffered due to the ongoing oppression across Kashmir over the past 29 years,” Mirwaiz said.