As a means of assisting the needy in the community, easing their burden as well as upholding the tenets of Islam with regards to almsgiving during Ramadan, two graduating seniors in the Natural & Environmental Science program, Maryam Ali Abubakar, and a third-year Economics major, Aisha Yakubu, on May 3, 2019 donated food items to the needy in Yola.
The beneficiaries were mainly old men and women each of whom received two bags containing food items. Addressing the beneficiaries, the VP of Finance & Administration, Olanipekun Olanrewaju thanked the donors, explaining the importance of giving during the holy month. “It is one of the tenets of Islam which encourages us to reach out to the needy, show compassion and love to them. “The management of AUN is grateful for the continuous charitable deeds of our students.”
Ms. Aisha Yakubu, one of the donors while giving insight into the community service, said she was motivated by the need to help humanity and saw the fasting period as one of the best moments to do that. She also said that it was during the planning process that she learned that there was another student working on something similar. So they came together and carried it out as a joint community service.
For Maryam Ali Galadima, giving alms during Ramadan has been her yearly practice for a long while, even before coming down for studies in AUN. “During past Ramadans, a majority of the beneficiaries used to come for help. So, it was easy to select them this year for this special intervention.” She believes this will go a long way in easing their burden and making the fasting easier.
One of the recipients Garba Ahmad, who spoke on behalf of all the others, thanked AUN and the donors for coming to their rescue. He lamented that lots of people are approaching the fasting period with nothing and no hope. He prayed that God’s continuous blessing abide with them.
Reported by Olawale Faniyi