Wealthy Muslims in Kano state have been encouraged to pay their zakat before Ramadan.
Alhaji Safiyanu Gwagwarwa, the Director-General of the Kano State Zakat and Endowment Commission, made the plea during an interview on April 11, 2018, according to PM News.
According to the DG, letters have been sent in order to remind the wealthy Muslims that the money needs to be given to the needy before Ramadan begins.
In his words, “The Ramadan period is approaching and there is need for us to commence collection of the alms for onward disbursement to the needy before the commencement of the fast.
“The letters are meant to remind our people of the importance of paying the alms as and when due as enshrined in Sharia to enable the commission to distribute same in good time.”
He added: “Wealthy Muslims are encouraged to give out Zakkat and endowment as part of measures to reduce begging, especially among the less-privileged persons in the society.’’
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The Holy Month is expected to begin on May 17, 2018.
According to the Sharjah Center for Astronomy & Space Sciences, the new moon that ushers in the new month of Ramadan will be ‘born’ on Tuesday, May 13th.
“The new moon of the Holy Month of Ramadan is to be ‘born’ on Tuesday, May 13 around 3.48 pm UAE time, and disappears two minutes before sunset of the same evening.
“It shall remain visible for one hour and 16 minutes at sunset. As such, Thursday, May 17, shall be the first day of Ramadan as per the astronomical calculations,” Ibrahim Al Jarwan, the deputy director general of the Sharjah Center for Astronomy & Space Sciences said.