13th August, 2010
Rahma Foundation, an Islamic NGO based in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria has pledged to feed 1,400 persons daily throughout the RamadanÂ period.
Chairman of the Foundation, Alhaji Umar Faruk, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Minna on Thursday that the gesture was embarked upon to ease the burden of the people.
He said the Foundation would undertake the feeding in conjunction with the state government at 14 designated points in Minna township.
“At each of the 14 centres, 100 persons will receive free feeding for the duration of the Ramadan fast in order to make the fasting more conducive for the indigent persons who cannot afford to provide for themselves.
“We started the scheme on a modest scale last year, but sought for the assistance of theÂ state government to enable the NGO to cater for 100 persons in each of the 14 designated centres,“ he said.
He the Foundation was set up to offer assistance to Muslim faithful as ordained by the Holy Qur’an and hadith (sayings of the prophet).
Faruk commended the state government for accepting to partner with the NGO on the issue and expressed the hope that other wealthy Muslims and their organisations would emulate the gesture.