By Iduozee Paul, Benin correspondent To enable them cater for their households and families, an NGO known, Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation has empowe
By Iduozee Paul, Benin correspondent
To enable them cater for their households and families, an NGO known, Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation has empowered 20 Muslim widows with the total sum of N300,000for injection into their businesses.
Explaining why the money was given to Muslims widows, the administrative officer of Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation, Edo State, Jatto Abdurasheed, said a lot of Muslim widows are passing through various suffering in the society, citing the new report released by the United Nations (UN) that 258 million widows in the country are suffering.
“The criteria we used to select people we gave money is the issuance of forms to all in the senatorial districts. After giving them the forms, we screened them to know if they are in trade, farming or other businesses. We then invited them to the programme and lectured them before we gave them the money. We gave N300,000 to support what they do. Some of them are elderly women, hardworking young widows and youths.”
Explaining further, he added, “The late Prophet Mohammed told us that the man who looks after a widow or the poor people is a Mu’jahad, who fights or struggles for the cause of Prophet Allah,like he who performed Sa’lat, which means; somebody who prays all through the night and observed fasting all the days. This comment states the vitality of caring for the widows, orphans and the poor.”
The administrative officer said the foundation’s objective is to see to the reduction of stress faced y Muslim widows.
“Going by the fact that, a lot of them are suffering various challenges in the country, the. Foundation is set up to see how Muslim widows’ plight can be reduced.”
Abdurasheed also admonished the widows to pay Zakat, pointing out that the NGO is saddled with the responsibility of collecting Zakat and appealed to them to spread the message to others within their environment. He advised them not to divert the money given to them to other unnecessary ventures.
During the presentation of the money to some of the Muslim widows, a volunteer worker in the foundation, Shuayb Abdul Qadr also cautioned the recipients not misuse the money, but to invest it on what it is being given out for.
Responding on behalf of the Muslim widows, Hajia Maryam Audu, thanked the foundation for giving them the money and promised they will make good use of the fund to boost their trade. She prayed that Allah will bless and reward the donors.