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NASFAT Chief Missioner cautions Nigerians against inflammatory statements 

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The Chief Missioner of Nasrul-Lahil-l-Fath Society (NASFAT), Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike, has cautioned Nigerians against inflammatory statements that could cause division in the country.

According to Onike, some people are attempting to set the nation on fire through the insinuation that government is promoting a particular ethnic group.

“Recently, some people are deliberately distorting the fact by referring to the “Cattle rearing Symbol’’ on our International Passport as an attempt to “fulanise’’ Nigerians.

“Whereas, a look at the pages of the Passport will reveal that symbols represent some major ethnic groups in Nigeria.

“These same set of people intentionally ignore the same symbol drawn on N200 Nigerian currency denomination.

“Of what profit shall it be to any Nigerian, if the country goes on fire’’, he said.

He also advised Muslims and members of NASFAT to always be guided by the Mission Statement of NASFAT and the tenets of Islam.

“To develop an enlightened Muslim Society, nurtured by the true understanding of Islam, for spiritual development and welfare of mankind.

“You are the best the nation has produced (as an example) for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah.”

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Inculcate problem solving ability, skills in Children- NASFAT Chief Missioner

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The Chief Missioner, NasruLahi-l-Fatih Society (NASFAT), Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike, has called on parents to inculcate problems solving ability and skills in their children for them to overcome the future challenges.

Onike made the call on Tuesday in a statement marking the celebration of 2020 Children Day, marked annually on May 27.

He said: “One of the best trainings, apart from religious training that must be given to our children, is the inculcation of problem solving ability and skills in them.

“What the world needs now are problem solvers.”

Onike added that training them should be considered as a religious duty.

According to him, Dr Brooks was reported to have said, “When you give children the tools they need to figure things out on their own, they will behave better.

“Because they’ll be better equipped to take care of themselves and won’t come screaming to you or act out every time they encounter a challenge (Robin Westen).”

He said: “Whoever does not show mercy to our young ones, or acknowledge the rights of our elders, is not one of us.”(Musnad Ahmad)

“The above quoted scriptural saying no doubt, underscores the importance attached to Children in Islam.

“As we celebrate the annual children’s day, we should be reminded that, children are trust, blessings and trials.

“We are to take care of their spiritual, socioeconomic, physical and educational needs and well being, including:
Intellectual development; creedal development; devotional development; behavioural development and skills development.

“As a trust from God, children are not to be seen as social security alone.

“Your children are part of the best of your earnings, so eat from what your children earn (Sunnan An-Nasa’i).”

Onike said we need to know that Islam encourages “Attachment parenting”.

The chief missioner said: “It is the right of the children to be loved and to be treated in a loving fashion.(IOU).

“This is implied in the scriptural mandatory provision of two years breastfeeding period, bonding with children, among others.”

Onike enjoined parents to be of good behaviour themselves. Parents desiring righteous children should themselves be righteous.

“A student once asked his teacher about raising his child who was at that time a year old. The teacher replied, “You have already missed the boat, because it starts with the parents,” he said.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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COVID-19 Response: NASFAT spends N62.4m to support vulnerable 

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strong> The NasrulLahi-L-Fatih Society (NASFAT) says it has spent N62.4 million in food and cash support to about 20,189 households and 121,138 individuals within and outside Nigeria, in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Mr Akeem Yusuf, NASFAT’s Publicity Secretary, said this in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja.

Yusuf said that beneficiaries of the kind gesture cut across 22 administrative zones of the organisation during the last 53 days of lockdown.

He said that through its annual NASFAT ‘Feed a Mouth’ programme, the society also fed 7,420 people at 130 centres during the Eid-El-Fitr celebration.

“Some of the designated outlets for the Eid-el-Fitr free meal in Lagos zone included Alausa community, Ikeja, Ogba, Imota, Epe and Ijora Olopa.

“This was in addition to providing daily Sahur and Iftar meals to thousands of people over the 30-day fasting period.

“The initiative, which took the centre stage of our welfare progamme during this challenging period, was designed to cater for those intending to fast but with little or no means to feed,’’ he said.

Yusuf expressed NASFAT’s commitment to supporting the vulnerable and needy in the society with palliative measures to mitigate the effect of the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Mr Niyi Yusuf, the NASFAT President, has expressed gratitude to donors and contributors for their support towards the initiative.

He assured that the support received by the society positively impacted on the lives of over 20,000 households across nine countries in 53 days.

He lauded the efforts of the Federal and State Governments in the fight towards containing COVID-19, whilst reminding the public on the need to adhere to governments regulations on mitigating the spread.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NASFAT, an Islamic charity and prayer group of over 2 million members, was established on March 5, 1995.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitri: NASFAT to feed 6,500 persons

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The Nasrul Lahi-Fatih Society (NASFAT) says it has  concluded plans to feed over 6,500 persons in about 130 outlets across the 22 zones of the society during the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

NASFAT Publicity Secretary, Akeem Yusuf, said in a statement in Lagos on Saturday, that the gesture had become a tradition for the society.

“This is a tradition of the society. We felicitate with Muslims in Nigeria and in the Diaspora to mark the end of Ramadan.

“The programme this year has been extended to zones of the society outside Nigeria,” he said.

He said that NASFAT also disbursed N60.9m in cash and food items to the vulnerable in the society as palliative measure to mitigate the effect of the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The restriction of movement of persons and vehicles has greatly affected the means of livelihood of many Nigerians, particularly those who live on daily income.

“No fewer than 18,942 households and 113,652 people benefited from the disbursement across the 22 zones of the society over 47 days of the lockdown.

“Some households got N10,000, while some got food items.

NASFAT ‘Feed a mouth’ programme took the center stage during the month of Ramadan,” he said.

He added that some of the outlets designated for the free meal to celebrate Eid-el-Fitr in Lagos zone included Alausa, Ikeja, Ogba, Imota, Epe and Ijora Olopa, just to mention few.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitri: NASFAT feeds 6,500 persons across 22 zones

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The Nasrul-lahi-li Fathi Society of Nigeria (NASFAT) says it is set to feed 6,500 persons in about 130 outlets across its 22 zonal branches during the Eid-el-Fitri celebration.

Mr Akeem Yusuf, the NASFAT’s publicity secretary, said in a statement on Saturday in Lagos that the gesture had become an annual practice by the society.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Eid-el-Fitri is celebrated by Muslims to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting.

“This is a tradition of the society.

“We felicitate with fellow Muslims in Nigeria and in the diaspora to mark the end of Ramadan.

“The programme has, this year, been extended to zonal branches of the society within and outside Nigeria.

NASFAT has also disbursed N60.9 million in cash and food items to the vulnerable in the society, as a palliative measure to mitigate the effect of the lockdown against the COVID-19 pandemic,’’ Yusuf stated.

He said the movement restriction has greatly affected the means of livelihood of many Nigerians, particularly those who live on daily income.

No fewer than 18,942 households and 113,652 people benefited from the disbursement across the 22 zones in 47 days of the lockdown.

“Some households got N10,000 while some got food items.

NASFAT ‘Feed a mouth’ programme took the centre stage during the month of Ramadan,’’ Yusuf said.

Some of the outlets designated for the free meal to celebrate eid-el-fitri in Lagos zone include Alausa, Ikeja, Ogba, Imota, Epe, Ijora Olopa, among others.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Don’t let down guard on COVID-19, says NASFAT Chief Missioner

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The Chief Missioner, NasruLahi-l-Fatih Society (NASFAT), Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike, has advised Muslims not to let down their guards, and abide by the Federal Government and health workers’ directives to contain the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic.

Onike, in a statement on Thursday, urged Muslims to do the seclusion at home during the Ramadan, now that Ramadan was over and people have opportunity to be mobile, even, if not in full blast.

According to him, we should all know that it is our responsibility to remain prayerful, health conscious and go about our daily business activities without contravening laws and orders.

“As we move out after the relaxation of the lockdown imposed by the government, thereby giving us opportunity to be mobile, you are advised to continue to make use of your Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), hand sanitisers, face masks, disposable/washable hand gloves.

“It should be noted that, in spite of the announcement of relaxation of lockdown, it is not yet ‘Uhuru’ nor is it yet time to say ‘eureka’ as the battle against the deadly pandemic is still on.

“The relaxation of the lockdown, which was announced in the middle of the month of Ramadan should ordinarily be celebrated as it falls within the last 10 days in which fasting Muslims are encouraged by the scriptures to do spiritual seclusion at Mosques.

“There is, however, need to apply caution since the battle is yet to be fully won,” he said.

Onike added that, the month of Ramadan, metaphorically speaking, was the period of spiritual overhauling.

“We have serviced our spiritual engines, it would, therefore, be fool hardy to move back pronto to the acts and attitudes that cause spiritual pollution.

“These are bickering, envy, back biting, lying, unguarded attachment to worldly activities, lack of concern for families,” the chief missioner said.

Onike said that, NASFAT, as an organisation, would continue to make the welfare of its members paramount through various palliatives and unwavering spiritual support.

“Our members have been highly supportive of all the society projects aimed at assisting the government in socioeconomic development.

“This is now the time to show them more love and care. Their survival is of more importance to us,” the chief missioner said.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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NASFAT enlightenments women in Kaduna on use of face masks

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Nasrul-Lahi-L-Fatih Society (NASFAT), Kaduna branch said it has commenced enlightenment campaign to encourage women on importance of using face masks to protect themselves from COVID-19.

Hajiya Kudirat Akande, Women Affairs Secretary of NASFAT in Kaduna, said this on Monday while distributing the face masks.

According to her, in the first phase of the programme, the group provided food to less privileged and vulnerable people in the society to cushion the effect of the lockdown

“The second phase is carrying out enlightenment campaign to encourage women on the need to use face masks and also on proper hygiene

“Since the government have made it a law for everyone to use face masks to protect themselves from Covid-19,’’ she said.

Akande appealed to mothers to always keep their surrounding clean, encourage their children on the need for regular hand washing with soap and water as well as using face mask when going out.

She urged women to see how they can manage the little resources at home.

“We are in tense situation, a good mother should be able to manage the little a father can provide so that it can take them a long way,’’ she said.

She said the aim of the campaign was to complement government efforts in curtailing the spread of the virus.

The branch Chairman, Mr Muyideen Yusuf, disclosed that the mass distribution of the face masks was to support efforts of the state government in the fight against spread of Coronavirus.

He said that the group is targeting to distribute 3,000 face masks to people across the state.

“Sensitising the public on the use of face masks is very important. Having understood that many people still find it difficult to properly use the face masks, it becomes necessary for NASFAT to sensitize them as we distribute it.”

On distribution of food items, Yusuf said, it was part of NASFAT activities especially during Ramadan.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

 

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Covid-19: Be conscious of your health, NASFAT Chief Missioner urges public

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In view of the overwhelming effects of Covid-19 on the entire world, the Chief Missioner of Nasru-lahi-l-Fatih Society (NASFAT), Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike has enjoined people to continue to be conscious of their health.

Onike made the plea on Thursday, while commenting on the 2020 World Health Day, with the theme “Support Nurses and Midwives”.

According to him, COVID-19 has almost made this year anniversary of the World Health Day passed unnoticed.

World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every April 7 under the auspices of the World Health Organisation, as well as other related organisations.

From its inception at the first Health Assembly in 1948 and since taken effect in 1950, the celebration aimed at creating awareness of a specific health theme to highlight a priority area of concern for WHO.

Onike said NASFAT had been vigorously campaigning, through the media, for people to appreciate health workers and volunteers, including nurses and midwives who had been risking their lives to contain COVID-19 pandemic.

The NASFAT chief missioner said that the medical team had been addressing other health challenges, even before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Onike advised the general public to keep strictly to all governments and medical personnel’s advice for them to stay alive.

“In as much as we shall unavoidably fall sick, we must adhere strictly to all regular advice being reeled out by the health authorities, especially during this ravaging virus pandemic, the chief missioner said.

He quoted the Scripture saying, “Take advantage of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your illness, your riches before your poverty, your free time before your work, and your life before your death.”

According to him, we believe that good health is a divine gift, and God brings illness and cure, He is the One Who heals as alluded to by prophet Ibraheem (as) “And when I am ill, it is He who cures me.

“It is, therefore, our responsibility to do all we can by maintaining clean environment and place so much importance on all our hygienic requirements.

“It is in recognition of these facts, which emphasises the importance of healthcare, that NASFAT has encouraged its members to become Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine (MBRU) Community Immunity Ambassadors.

“They had taken a course on “Let’s Break the Chain of Covid-19 Infection” conducted online by the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine (MBRU) and Health Sciences.

“The 60 minutes course, which is aligned with the World Health Organisation (WHO), Federal and Local Authority measures implemented in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), addresses the chain of infection.

“It provides comprehensive details on how infectious diseases are transmitted, and put forward solutions to break the chain of infection through concrete preventive actions,” Onike said.

Meanwhile, as part of its efforts to support the governments in ameliorating the pains of the lockdown policy, NASFAT branches worldwide, have been disbursing relief packages to the vulnerable and elderly members and non-members.

Onike said that the society had also been supporting various state governments in cash and kinds to mitigate the effect of the lockdown.

He said that branches of the NASFAT in various locations, both at home and abroad, have distributed various food items and monetary gifts to nurses, healthcare professionals and vulnerable people in the immediate community.

The society, through its emergency relief NGO, NASFAT Relief Initiatives, had engaged media houses to promote community awareness campaign on how to prevent, curtail the spread and protect our families from Covid-19 infections.

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye
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COVID-19: NASFAT distributes food items to the needy in Kaduna

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The Nastrul-Lahi-Fatih Society (NASFAT), has distributed food items to the needy in Kaduna to cushion the effect of current lockdown in the state due to Coronavirus.

Mr Muyideen Yusuf, the state NASFAT Chairman said at a ceremony in Kaduna on Thursday that the gesture was aimed at putting smiles on the peoples’ face.

The Chairman led others executive members to different parts of the metropolis to distribute the items.

Yusuf urged wealthy individuals and coporate organisations to help the needy so they can survive the current lockdown in the state.

He prayed for the quick recovery of all people that were infected by the virus.

The Iman of NASFAT Kaduna Zone, Malam Maarooph Raji called for sober reflection among Nigerians due to advent of Coronavirus.

Chairman Planing Committee, Alhaji Abdul Waheed Amusa urged Nigerians to be patient urging them to adhere to social distancing as order of government.

While addressing the planning committee the Kaduna Zone Chairman, Alhaji Kabiru Bello urged the committee to discharge its responsibilities diligently.

News Agency of NIgeria reports that the food items distributed included- rice, spaghetti, beans, garri, oil and maize.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Ali Baba-Inuwa
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Lockdown: NASFAT gives N10, 000 palliatives monthly to members

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The Nasrul Lahi-L-Fatih Society, (NASFAT) says it will give N10, 000 palliatives to each member and non-member in Nigeria every month to cushion effects of economic lockdown and restriction of movement.

Its President, Niyi Yusuf, said on Thursday

 

that the support would cushion the effects of economic lockdown and restriction of movement to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

“It will serve as a relief package to buy basic food items every month. The target is 20,000 beneficiaries in the first instance,” Yusuf said.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Sunday announced a complete lockdown and restriction of movement of vehicles and people in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun to curtail the spread of the deadly virus.

Yusuf said in a statement by the

 Publicity Secretary, Akeem Yusuf, that the COVID-19 Response of NASFAT would focus on reducing the spread of the virus in the community.

He said that it would also alleviate the burden of the disease on vulnerable members of NASFAT and the general public.

Yusuf said: “NASFAT’s response as a society will be multi-faceted, in order to respond to the diverse impacts of COVID-19 pandemic.

“In addition to the suspension of all physical gatherings at all NASFAT locations from March 19, the society has developed a three-pronged strategic approach to contain spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

“Relief Support, the first stage of the scheme, will focus on members, the vulnerable and indigent ones in the society.

“This will provide practical support to the elderly, widow, orphans and vulnerable members of the society, including those whose breadwinners are in isolation/quarantine, under medicare or in Intensive Care Unit.

“NASFAT will provide emotional support to individuals and their families through professional counselling and provide economic support through giving of N10,000 cash monthly per identified household.”

He said that the Risk Communication and Advocacy refers to the passing of information and advice from experts to people facing threats to their health or social wellbeing.

According to him, this will enable people at risk to take informed decisions to protect themselves and their loved ones.

“Also, NASFAT Relief Initiative, will focus on Risk Communication Advocacy, in sending appropriate messaging to the public using indigenous languages across various channels to share information from the government and health authorities that will help curtail the spread of the virus.

“The Behavioural Change Communication will include radio jingles, ePosters and Short Videos detailing expert advice for members of the community.

“Community Mobilisation is NASFAT’s efforts to mobilise the Muslim community to aid better understanding of the pandemic and the strategies for prevention and treatment will be done in partnership with other organisations,” NASFAT leader said.

According to him, consequently, NASFAT is a founding member of the Muslim Coalition Against COVID-19, a coalition of 40 Muslim organisations.

“It includes the NASFAT Agency for Zakat and Sadaqat (NAZAS) and the NASFAT Relief Initiative, to form a common front to support and assist in the fight against the virus.

“NASFAT Weekly Media programmes, online Asalatu, animated videos, ePosters and short messages will be some of the means through which NASFAT will sensitise and mobilise the community,” Yusuf said.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Olagoke Olatoye
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