Muslims have been urged to trust their Imams to handle Zakatil fitri distribution as they trust them in other spheres of life such as leading prayers and handling their dead. This was part of the sermon delivered by Sheikh Ali Juma Shiwuyo marking the last Friday in this holy month of Ramdahan at the National Mosque, Old Kampala.
In the sermon Sheikh Shiwuyo reminded Muslims to pay Zakatil Fitr ( personal offering) to purify their fasting. “Its time to start paying Zakatil fitri to enable us extend it to Muslim brothers and families that need the support,” he said.
He noted that the role of distributing Zakatil fitri is for Mosque Imams because they know those in most need. “Some Muslims prefer to distribute it directly claiming that they don’t trust imams. This isn’t your role,” he said.
Adding that, “Whenever it comes to leading prayers and presiding over funerals, Muslims look for their imams. But trouble starts when it comes to money. You cant trust imams in some things and not in others. Please let the imams play their role because they are approached by needy Muslims.”
Sheikh Shiwuyo also implored Muslims to utilise the remaining blessed days of the holy month of Ramadhan especially on the 27th and 29th nights, which coincide with the night of power to seek for forgiveness for their short comings, supplicate and beseech the Almighty Allah for personal favours.
According to the Holy Koran, any act of worship performed during this precious night fetches divine rewards equivalent to 83 years.
In attendance was His Eminence Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, the Mufti of Uganda who led the prayers, the Deputy Mufti Sheikh Abdallah Ibrahim Ssemambo Tamusuza, the 2nd Deputy Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Ali Waiswa, UMSC Hon. Secretary General Ramathan Mugalu, UMSC Staff, Senior and retired Sheikhs among others.
(By Ziwa Ashiraf)