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NASFAT calls for volunteering, trains public relation officers

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NASFAT Public Relations Secretary (PRS), Ayobo Branch, Alhaja Idiat Adeleke (left); PRS Dopemu Branch, Alhaji Lukmon Shitta; Zonal PRS, Alhaji Abdulsalam Bello; Secretary, Azeez Iliasu and PRS Ejigbo Branch, Alhaja Olayinwole Muslimat during Zone Two second PRS conference, tagged ‘Ikotun 2020’ in Lagos.

The Chief Missioner of Nasru—lahi-l-Fatih Society, (NASFAT), Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike has urged Muslims to imbibe the practice of volunteering in order to reap reward in this world and hereafter.

The NASFAT missioner, stated this during the sent-forth ceremony organised for the immediate past National Children Affairs Secretary of NASFAT, Alhaja Ganiyat Omowumi Babalola in Lagos State.

Onike said the practice of volunteering promotes love, bonding, growth, physical and mental health.

He buttressed his point on benefits of volunteering by citing Prophet Moses (A.S), who according to the scripture offered to render unsolicited assistance and reaped the gains even in this world.

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“And when he came to the well of Madyan, he found there a crowd of people watering (their flocks), and he found aside from them two women driving back [their flocks]. He said, “What is your circumstance?” They said, “We do not water until the shepherds dispatch [their flocks]; and our father is an old man.”

“So he watered (their flocks) for them; then he went back to the shade and said, “My Lord, indeed I am, for whatever good You would send down to me, in need.”(28:23-24).

He added that parts of advantages of volunteering are: helping you develop new skills and build your experience, make you feel as having more time, help you to have a healthier body, make you feel more love, happier, builds empathy, strengthens social bonds and makes you smile.

According to him, researches have shown that, volunteering strengthens bonding and brotherhood, builds solid support system and gives sense of fulfillment.

While analysing the implications of some prophetic traditions, he said, “You don’t wait until you are old with little strength and no choice before starting getting involved in volunteering work”.

He urged Muslims not to delay the act of volunteering to old age.

Meanwhile NASFAT Lagos Zone Two has organized a conference for their Public Relation Secretary tageed ‘Ikotun 2020’.

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Speaking during the training, Zonal Public Relation Secretary (PRS), NASFAT Lagos Zone Two, Abdusalam Agbaje Bello, said this is the second time the group is organizing a workshop for their PRS in order to intimately familiarize the officials with their obligations as PRS and also train them with tools necessary to perfect their duties.

He said the training was a three days workshop, and participant were trained on how to use animation and social media to pass message to members and as well publicise the organization.

The Guest Lecturer and Chairman NASFAT, Isolo Branch, Akeem Suleman, said for effective communication of the society activities, it is imperative for appointed image makers and publicist to live the expectation of members by further projecting positively the outlook of the great brand called NASFAT that has been in existence in the last 25 years.

“Individual branch PRS is expected to operate within the spectrum highlighted using various channels to communicate with the branch members and the community who are likely to be members in the future” he said.

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