By Ntale Younus
House of Zakat and Waqf Uganda have signed a memorandum of Understanding with its counterpart in Sudan that seeks to strengthen the operationalization of Zakat in Uganda.
In the Memorandum, House of Zakat and Waqf Uganda will undertake to learn from its counterparts of Sudan that has existed for over 50 years.
Signing the memorandum of Understanding at the House of Zakat and Waqf Uganda offices in Kampala, Sheikh Muhammad Bika Ibrahim urged its counterparts in Uganda to always address the demands of Zakat beneficiaries.
He adds that they should not deviate from the teachings of the holly Quran given the trust and Aamana.
Sheikh Muhammad Bika Ibrahim pledged support to Hzw Uganda adding that Sudan has been able to build vocational skills institutions for the disadvantaged, hospitals and taking brethren’s for Hijja.
Deputy Supreme Mufti and also doubles as House of Zakat and Waqf Uganda CEO, Sheikh Muhamoud Kibaate commended its Sudan counterpart for the engagement.
Sheikh Kibaate added that Hzw Uganda is committed to developing capacity of Zakat in Uganda by Mobilizing and sensitizing Muslim community about Zakat.
Zakat which is the 3rd pillar of Islam is said to be purifier for business but it’s often neglected because of limited knowledge by the believers.
Sudan last year collected over 500 dollars from Zakat and since 1983 Zakat was made mandatory to all brethren’s in Sudan. In a related development, House of Zakat and Waqf Uganda has donated food stuffs, scholastic materials among other items to Uganda school for the deaf Ntinda.
Handing over the donations to the head teacher school for the Deaf, Jackson Mbuusi, the head of Education department at HzW Uganda Dr. Ibrahim Matovu challenged government to accord priority for the deaf to have a conducive environment.
Dr. Matovu sounded unhappy about parents who neglect taking their children for immunization adding that some inability is due to negligence.
Jackson Mbuusi appealed to the ministry of Education to introduce skills training to Pwds on top of the existing curriculum.