Ramadan: Kogi Women Affairs Commissioner Distributes Food Items to 10 Wards in Lokoja

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In a bid to provide succour to the Muslim Umah during this fasting period, the Kogi State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Fatima Kabir Buba has donated food stuffs to faithfuls across Lokoja Local Government Area of the State.

Hajia Buba who donated the food stuffs to the 10 wards in Lokoja on Saturday urged Muslims to imbibe the virtues of Ramadan fast which are love, peace and forgiveness.

The Kogi Women Commissioner who reiterated her commitment to always provide for the needy emphasized that alms giving during Ramadan fast is considered one of the most admonished good deeds in Islam. 

She stressed the need to always give back to the society adding that almighty Allah will use this period to bring smiles in the faces of Nigerians. 

“This world would being a better place for all if only everyone takes from the little they have to help those in dear need in the society.

“You know that zakat is the third pillar of Islam, a major teaching. Being charitable and providing for the needy are important features of the Muslim character.

“The existence of countless starving, poor, hungry individuals in the world points to the need for this essential teaching to be put into practice.

“Affluent Muslims may not realize how their wealth could strengthen whole communities. Giving charity correctly is crucial to both the well-being of the needy as well as the ultimate happiness of the wealthy. The Prophet emphasized this principle repeatedly.

“The Prophet said: ‘Your smile for your brother is a charity. Your removal of stones, thorns or bones from the paths of people is a charity. Your guidance of a person who is lost is a charity’ (Bukhari). Another Hadith illustrates the importance of every part of a person’s body performing a charity. A charity is due for every joint in each person on every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity; a good word is a charity; and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)

“A protection from calamity by sacrificing part of one’s wealth and giving it in charity, the individual is guaranteeing protection for themselves from tragedy and misfortune. The Prophet said: “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Al-Tirmidhi).

“Charity serves as a way to bring justice, balance and kindness to every society and community. It is our hope that the Muslim community fulfills their charitable duty correctly and does their part to eliminating poverty in communities everywhere,” she explained.

She, however, admonished Muslims to use this fasting period  to pray for the peace of Nigeria amidst the current challenges.

Some of the beneficiaries appreciated the kind gestures of Hajia Fatima Kabir Buba praying that God will sustain and keep her alive to do more for his people.

“This is not the first time you are bringing smiles to our faces in the midst of hardship. As you continue to be a good ambassador of the Muslim fate, almighty Allah will protect and replenish your pocket,” they prayed. 

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