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Malaysian charity group lifts poor Nigerian Muslims with 4,000 cattle

In response to the challenges of poverty and hunger, a Malaysian organisation, Yayasan Budi Ihsan Malaysia (YBIM), introduced a humanitarian intervention programme for the underprivileged families during Eid-el-Kabir festival in the country in 2021.

A Nigeria-based humanitarian group- As-Safa Educational Foundation, has, therefore, commended YBIM for what it described as its support towards lifting poor Nigerian Muslim homes during the just concluded festival.

The group, in an appreciation message to the charity organisation, and signed by the secretary of the celebration committee, Salami Mutiu, a PhD holder and lecturer in a Malaysian university, said a total of 4,000 heads of cattle and 2,000 goats were shared to the underprivileged communities across 15 states of the federation and the federal capital territory, FCT, to mark the celebration in July.

The statement added that the humanitarian programme as part of its contributions towards extending the joy of the festival to more homes.

The group noted that due to various reasons including the insecurity and the accompanying economic challenges, many families in the country are unable to feed without assistance.The statement added that it is in fulfilment of the teachings of Islam to give the havenots that the intervention was introduced and thanked the donor for the sustaining the programme.

The statement reads in part; “With the blessings of Allah SWT. We are very thankful to Yayasan Budi Ihsan Malaysia for being able to organise this meaningful, humanitarian, yearly Kembara Qurban (sacrificial programme) in celebration of Eid-ul-Adha.

“This year, 4,000 heads of cows, and 2,000 goats were slaughtered in. The meat was distributed to about 1.1 million Muslim families in Nigeria across Borno, Bauchi, Taraba, Gombe, Kaduna, Abuja, Kwara, Osun, Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti and Lagos States.

“This year marks the second year running we collaborated with As-Safa Educational Foundation in Nigeria based on its sincerity, trustworthiness and honesty in helping to reach the needy and underprivileged Muslims living in hardship especially the underprivileged orphans and the homeless. We really hope and pray to Allah SWT that this program will continue in many more years to come.”

The group said the intervention would also further foster ties between Nigeria and the Asian country.

“Our sincere gratitude and utmost appreciation to the founder of YBIM, Dato Rosli Atan, for his immense support and contributions. We pray that only Allah the Almighty and Merciful would reward him abundantly,” the statement said.

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