THE Wakf and Trust Commission Zanzibar authorities have started giving out tithes (Zakat) to the needy, as promised during the establishment of the Zakat.
No details were given on how much the commission collected and given to the needy, including assistance to the widows and children in schools. Zakat is a form of obligatory- compulsory, or, more recently, voluntary- alms-giving and religious tax in Islam.
As one of the Five Pillars of Islam, Zakat is a religious obligation for all Muslims who meet the necessary criteria of wealth. "Use the Zakat for the intended goal of getting you out of the difficulties," Sheikh Hassan Ali Kombo from the Commission told the beneficiaries and Ms Amina Hassan one the receivers expressed gratitude.
The Commission for Wakf and Trust Properties is a self-managed state institution established by Act No. 2 of 2007. The functions of the Commission includes managing: Wakf property; Trust property; and Estate of deceased Muslim.
The Commission also takes care of Islamic matters with regard to inheritance, Hijja (Pilgrimage), Sadaka (Charity) and Zakat (Tithes).
Furthermore, in the process of managing properties, the Commission administer tenancy agreements, collection of rent/debt; and estate management, development and maintenance of Wakf and Trust Properties.