NASFAT raises fund for N2.5b Islamic centre in Ogun
The Chief Missioner of Nasrul Lahil-L-Fatih Society, (NASFAT), Imam Mahroof Abdulazeez Onike, has called on Muslims to participate in the ongoing fund raising for NASFAT national mosque in Aseese, Ogun State.
Onike, who spoke during the NASFAT Zone One Mega Asalatu and Fund Raising in Aseese, Ogun State, enjoined all Nigerians including non-Muslims to participate in the building of the ultra-modern mosque estimated at about N2.5 billion.
“When NASFAT Zone II did their fund raising programe in Agege, Lagos State, a non-Muslim gave us over a million naira. This place is not going to be an ordinary mosque, it is going to be an open place where knowledge will be impacted and where Muslims and non-Muslims can come and do research,” he said.
The missioner said when the mosque is completed, it would serve as an avenue to strengthen brotherhood and unity among the humanity.
“The mosque is built for the generality of Muslim ummah in Nigeria and all over the world not for a certain tribe or sect. Fortunately the mosque is located along the most travelled road in Nigeria. Muslims travelling can stop over and observe their prayers.”
He noted that, NASFAT is a credible organization, adding that every kobo collected toward the building would be accounted for.
“The foundation of the national mosque cost N100 million, the receipt is there for people who care to see it. If we are not a trustworthy group, an organization like the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) will not partner with us. Last year, they gave us N41 million to do campaign to stop violence against children; just about three weeks again, they gave us another N20 million to do the same campaign. This shows that NASFAT is a society that has a pedigree and has come a long way.”
The President of the Society, Engr. Kamil Yomi Bolarinwa, said the laudable project would be completed with the help from Allah.
“This is not the first time the organization is embarking on such a huge project. We singlehandedly built a university from scratch with contributions from our members. We will surely achieve this giant stride with the help from Allah,” he said.
He urged NASFAT members to make effort to contribute regularly so that the project would be completed on time.
The Guest Speaker, The Chief Missioner of Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Ahmad, said the call to partake in the building of a mosque should be seen as obtaining a ticket for paradise. Apart from the ultimate reward, the building of a mosque in a way affords a person to continue to earn the blessings of Allah even after death.
He urged Nigerians to desist from the act of vote buying, because the act is criminal and immoral as it, according to him, subverts the will of the people in addition to being a form of corruption that should be discouraged.
He urged Nigerians to choose credible leaders with the fear of Allah and love of the country.
The National Women Affairs Secretary, Alhaja Samiat Mumuni, said the role of women in mosque building couldn’t be overemphasized due to the high population of women in the ummah.
She enjoined Muslim women to join force with men to ensure that the project is achieved in due time. “The mosque would unite us in sisterhood and that should motivate us to participate in the fund raising. It would also enhance our capacity in terms of seeking for knowledge, counseling and empowerment.
The Chairman of Aseese Mosque Project, Alhaji Yunus Olalekan Saliu, said the project has reached a critical stage where there is need to cast the slab of the first floor.
“We need your help at this point in time to keep the construction work going. We need your help in cash or with materials such as cement, granites and iron rods,” he said.