An Islamic organization, Zawiyatur Sofwatur Rahamatil Islamiyyat (ZASRAM), Ota, Ogun State, has lifted about 350 less privileged neighbours with food items to cushion the effects of hunger occasioned by the lockdown.
The largesse was shared house to house indiscriminately to Muslims, Christians and others.
According to the Founder/Chief Missioner of the group, Shiekh AbdurRazaq Abdul Hameed Onaolapo Kasolayo, hunger and COVID-19 don’t recognize religion, tribe and social status, hence, the resolve to get across to everyone within the vicinity.
The Osun born Ogun based Arabic scholar stressed the need to take care of the neighbours irrespective of their faith or ethnicity, adding that the rights of the neighbours must be upheld.
Quoting copiously from the glorious Qur’an, the Chief Imam told the congregation the Divine injunctions relating to obedience to God, His prophets and those in the authorities if what the authorities saying is in line with Divine messages from above.
Kasolayo stated that all the preventive measures against the deadly Coronavirus like social distancing, staying at home and hygienic behaviours are in line with Allah’s commandments in favour of humanity.
He, therefore, enjoined his congregation and other non-Muslims around to always observe the lockdown orders and using of face masks when necessary.
“The order is not punitive but a way to curb the spread of the monster with a view to eradicating it finally from our country,” Kasolayo asserted.
Some beneficiaries, whose names are not disclosed to protect their integrity according to Islamic code of alms giving praised the kind initiative of the ZASRAM Chief Imam, praying God to enrich him and his mosque members abundantly.
They, therefore, urged other religious leaders, corporate outfits, well to do individuals in the society to emulate the ZASRAM leader in cushioning the effects of hunger I occationed by the Coronavirus lockdown.