The Fourteenth Moon Foundation (FMF), a faith-based humanitarian organisation, puts smiles on the faces of over 200 Muslim families face among Lagos residents during the Eid-Ul-Kabir festival celebrated on Tuesday.
Coordinator of the FMF, Alhaji Qasim Badrudeen, told The Renaissance on Saturday that two cows and six rams were slaughtered and distributed at two centres in Lagos during the 1439 (2018) Eid-ul Adha.
According to Badrudeen, the lists of the beneficiaries were obtained from mosques, Islamic organisations and other stakeholders such as religious leaders and public service workers.
He explained that the distribution was a means to help needy Muslims in the society, adding that every Muslims deserved to be happy during festivals.
“We also extended the gesture to Muslims and other stakeholders, as a symbol of love and sacrifice preached by Islam and Eid-el-Adha itself.
“It is aimed at touching the lives of the less privileged people.
“We are doing something in likes of Qurbani. We call it ‘Eat The Ram’.
“We started last year as an initiative to keep Muslims happy during the time of Eid-ul Adha using the wealth of the rich to assist them.
“We were able to reach out to over 200 households this year because we are just starting.
“Also, limited resources forced us to limit the distribution centres to just two. If we get more donations, we will be able to reach more people.
“We want to be centralised in all other localities in Lagos and Nigeria in general.
“I urged public spirited Muslims to respond positively to our call for donates towards this humanitarian service because we have a lot of poor Muslims, who should be catered for.
“As you are celebrating and enjoying because Allah has endowed you, some cannot do the same. That is why we think we should assist them. We want to do it bigger than this coming next year.
“We encourage other well-meaning individuals and organisations to participate in the act of giving to brighten smiles and keep the light of our faith glowing,” Badrudeen told The Renaissance.
The beneficiaries, including old women, who trooped out in multiples to receive the meats, prayed to Allah to make the organisers and donors happy in all their endeavours.
One of the beneficiaries, Alhaji Abdullateef, Chief Imam of Temidire Central Mosque, Bariga, said: “This festival is commanded by Allah.
“This year, we saw this group that has come to share meats at our mosque to make people happy.
“We pray to Allah to have mercy on all the donors. We pray to Allah to continuously endow them.
“We are happy with this. May God make them happy too in all their endeavours. I urge all beneficiaries to make use of the meat in halal ways, not to use it to drink alcohol”.
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