…distribute palliative to media men, others
An non-governmental organisation, Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) and Muslim News have admonished Muslims not to abandon charity piety and other virtues after Ramadan.
Chairman of MMPN, SouthWest/Lagos chapter, Alhaji Kabir Alabi Garba, and the Publisher of Muslim News, Rasheed Abubakar, said this during the distribution of palliatives to Muslims who are fasting including Muslim media men in Lagos.
Stating that the distribution of drink was done in partbership with Guinness Nigeria Plc the Muslim News publisher stated that non-alcoholic malt drink, Malta Guinness, was distributed to fasting Muslims in different locations in Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria.
The collaboration, the first of its kind, is part of Guinness’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aimed at cushioning the adverse economic effect of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown which has impacted adversely on economic and religious activities in the blessed month of Ramadan.
The distribution exercise led by the Muslim News Publisher; Abubakar saw hundreds of fasting Muslims and non-Muslims throng the main distribution centre at Pent House, Surulere area of Lagos on Friday, May 8.
Abubakar and his team moved to other Local government areas in the State, including Coker/Aguda, Orile, Mushin, Awoyokun, Onipanu, Somolu, Ojuelegba and Offin Ile, in Ikorodu to put smiles in the faces of fasting Muslims with the free Malta Guinness.
They also distributed dozens of cases to different mosques including Alhaji Kilani Mosque, Ojuelegba; Alhaji Alebiosu Central Mosque, Palmgroove, Alhaji Ayolo Central Mosque, Ijesha, among others.
Abubakar expressed gratitude to Guinness Nigeria for the collaborative initiative with a thousand cases of its premium non-alcoholic Malt drink, adding that it will fuel the greatness of Nigerian Muslims as its slogan goes, during and after the Ramadan fast.
The Publisher, in an interview with journalists, said Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a period of intense religious and great charitable activities especially to the indigent and vulnerable fasting Muslims.
According to him, “This year’s Ramadan is coming at a period the world is battling to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. As a reliable Muslim newspaper, we felt the need to do something different apart from our primary responsibility, which is the provision of fact-based Islamic news.
“First, we must stay stronger together as Nigerians irrespective of religious persuasions and stand collectively by following all the health and precautionary guidelines to bring an end to this pandemic. Then, there is the need to provide palliatives for indigent persons, particularly fasting Muslims, more importantly, as Ramadan itself is a period of giving.
“Any time we publish activities of Islamic NGOs giving out money, food or other relief packages, we receive countless requests for support from indigent persons – Muslims and non-Muslims.