From Noah Ebije, Kaduna

Ansar-ud-Deen Society, Kaduna branch, has made cash donation to some of it’s members, who are widows or indigent, to assist them in getting some foodstuffs and provisions for their family during the Ramadan fasting.

Making a cash gift of N25,000 each to five widow and needy members during the annual Ramadan lecture on Sunday at its Kaduna South Masjid undergoing construction in Kakuri, Kaduna, Chairman of Ansar-ud-Deen Society Kaduna Branch, Alhaji Saburideen Adeyemi said the donation to widows and the needy members is an annual welfare programme aimed to ease the hardship on members and enable them perform the Ramadan fasting like other Muslims, and in line with the tenet of Islam which urge Muslims to assist widows, orphans and the needy with cash or foodstuff.

“We made cash donations to widows and indigent members, drawn from each of our five divisions, to ease the economic hardship faced by them and their families and help them observe the Ramadan fasting, which is obligatory on each adult and healthy Muslim who is of sane mind and not on a journey. It’s an annual practice to reach out to our widows and indigent members and their families, we usually give assorted foodstuff but this year we decided to give cash to enable the beneficiaries get foodstuff and provisions of their choice.”

Speaking on the Masjid project, which has just been roofed, Alhaji Adeyemi urged members and philanthropists to support the project, noting that the project has just reached halfway, with the need to plaster, do screeding and painting, install windows and doors, erect ceiling and tile the floor before carrying out electrical fittings and furnishing. “We thank Allah for the ongoing Masjid project in Kaduna South. We appeal to all members to support and ensure the completion of the masjid.”

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Widows and the needy who benefited from the cash gift include Hajia Idiat Adewunmi Division 1; Hajia Fauziya Adegoke Division 2; Hajia Halimat AbdulHakeem Division 3; Hajia Ramatu Bode Suleiman Division 4 and Hajia Nurat Ayangbade Kaduna South Division.

The lecturer and Imam of Kaduna South Division of Ansar-ud-Deen, Alhaji Adam Ballo, in his lecture, tasked Muslims to spread peace and stay away from anything that could injure the peace. “Allah is the king of peace which is why Muslims greet each other with Salam alaikum (which means peace be unto you). Muslims are urged by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to campaign for peace among Muslims and non Muslims. Are you campaigning for peace? Where there is no peace there won’t be security, which would lead to breakdown of law and order.

“Allah tasked us to spread peace to each other even to non-Muslims but you attend Islamic meeting with the intention of opposing it’s resolution, you would not get the reward for attending the meeting irrespective of your efforts because you went with wrong intention not peaceful intention. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) urged us not to go to events or gatherings with weapons including our tongue, because Satan can twist the intention and thus guide us away from right to wrong. Prophet urged us not to make things difficult for others, he said we should seek peace and help the needy with food,” Ballo said.

The Chief Imam of Ansar-ud-Deen Society Kaduna Branch, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Kijan prayed for members who have donated towards the project and others who intend to support the project, praying that Allah will build a house for each of them in Paradise.