NASFAT feeds less privileged fasting Muslims
April 07, 2023 Fausiat Salako-Sanni & AbdulRahman Adegeye
Every year during the month of Ramadan Nasrul-Lahi-L-Fatih Society, NASFAT always makes provisions of meals for the fasting Muslims tagged “Feed a Mouth”.
The rationale behind the programme is to reach out to the less privileged among the fasting Muslims for them to be able to break their fast at Iftar everyday at different locations.
In continuation of the “Feed a Mouth Activities”, the team visited one of the designated locations in Mowe/Aseese among other locations in the environ, the Mowe Branch of the society, the venue of the weekly Jummat service.
According to Alhaji Lookman Oseni, the representative of the committee, he said, the reason such gesture is important is the fact that human beings have a short time to stay in this world while there is longer time to spend in the Hereafter and one of the ways to get to this Hereafter is to feed a fasting person during Ramadan. “Not only will you be blessed, but also during the night of majesty, the angels while descending from heaven will be seeking forgiveness on behalf of those who provide meals/foods for the less privileged fasting Muslims for their Iftar that enabled them to break their fast.”
“So, that’s exactly what we are doing in Nasfat, to take care of our Hereafter and as well as take care of the less privileged both in NASFAT and outside society.”
Not less than 2000 mouths are fed daily since the beginning of the Ramadan fast in different locations in Lagos State and Ogun state. Some of the axes designated for the feed a mouth initiative are; Ikeja axis, Aseese/Mowe axis, Ogba/Berger axis, Agege axis among others.
According to Alhaji Oseni, about 200 congregation who observed their Jummat prayer held at NASFAT Mowe Branch today, Friday 7th April were served the meal, they include women, men and young ones who are fasting irrespective of their ethnic group. While at some locations, less privileged fasting Muslims numbering 50 to 100 are being fed daily, depending on the population available.
The support and contributions received from individuals, philanthropists have made it possible to actualise the Programme. In addition to the unrelenting efforts of the Chief Missioner of the society, Imam Morufu AbdulAzeez Onike and the entire Mission Board not forgetting Ramadan Committee Chairman, Alh. Kamal, the society’s National Welfare Secretary, Alhaja Bakare and other members of the committee.
“This is a very rewarding act to engage in because of its bounty rewards especially in the Hereafter.’ “A big appreciation to the President of the society, Bro. Niyi Yusuf, the NEC, NCOE for the conceptualisation of such a laudable and wonderful humanitarian initiative”.
He however urged more philanthropists, wealthy individuals, corporate organisations to also key into such life impacting programme as this, especially as it has to do with providing food for the less privileged fasting Muslims.
“As Muslims we should all be interested and be concerned about our final abode, is it heaven or hell? And one of the ways to get to that heaven if that’s where one wants to find oneself, is to get involved in such humanitarian efforts like this, by providing for the feeding of the less privileged fasting Muslims to enable them break the fast.
He advised those who are already contributing to the initiative not to relent while encouraged those who haven’t taken the giant step to key into the programme to hurriedly do so because the rewards embedded in this singular act can’t be quantified as verily the Hereafter of such contributor is assured.
Some of the beneficiaries, Mallam Sherifdeen Ade Okanlawon, Taiwo Adebisi, Alhaja M.A. Lawal, Mrs. Yetunde Uthman expressed their excitement and appreciation for the gesture provided by Nasfat while they prayed that they too be blessed to support such programme in subsequent year.