By Vera Anyagafu
Chief Imam, Ojikutu Central Mosque, Ebute-Metta, Lagos, Ibrahim Hassan Olowo, has commended a non-governmental organisation, Centre for Disability Issues, for taking care of members, especially during the just-concluded Ramadan fasting.
Olowo, made the commendation during his sermon at the yearly Zakat and sharing of food items to people living with disabilities, organised by the Centre for Disability Issues at the weekend in Ebute-Metta, Lagos.
Describing the centre’s benevolence as a wake-up call for all to at least, show love and care to one another, the Chief Imam, eulogised the Coordinator of the Centre, Kehinde Oshilaja, whom he said, despite being blind, did not allow his disability to weigh him down but concentrated on how to liberate his fellow members to be recognised by government at all levels.
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While admonishing all to endeavour to make their lives worthwhile in the society, the cleric urged all members of the society devoid of religion, creed or race, to show love for one another to affect the members positively.
His words, “Let us all rise up as living souls to ensure we show love for one another through giving, sharing and caring as being witnessed today by people living with disabilities. I would, however, want to believe that these people are telling us in parable, what we able-bodied are supposed to be doing for them, but which by omission or commission, were left undone. However, this is a wake-up call for all of us to at least love and care for our neighbour.”
In response, the Coordinator of the Centre, Kehinde Oshilaja, said the group has made it an annual event to give out food items to people living with disabilities to sustain them and make them celebrate as others, hence the choice of Zakat Day, every year.
Oshilaja said Zakat, being one of the five pillars of Islam, has been considered very significant, hence the custom of the Centre to declare a day every year and during the Ramadan to share food items to their members.
Also, he commended those that have been assisting the group thereby making the annual event memorable and successful, adding that “Our annual event of Zakat would not have been successful and memorable without the support of Ojora of Ijora Kingdom, Oba Fatai Aromire, Tajudeen Olusi, Mukaila Shokoya, Lukman Ajose, Oladele Adekanye, Sheu Ishola and others.”