By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
Natrul-Lahi-l-Fatih Society of Nigeria (NASFAT) Kaduna Branch has donated sets of barbing tools, clippers, shampoo, 80 pieces of mosquito nets and over 60 plates of prepared food for the Inmates at Kakuri Open Prison Camp.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after presenting the items to the Deputy Controller Prison, the Chairman of the Branch, Engr. Muyideen Yusuf said it is one of the beauties of Islam to touch the lives of the less privileged.
According to him, such gesture is one of the Society’s Da’wah activities and hoped it will go a long way in improving the condition of the inmates.
While presenting the items to the Deputy Controller Prison, Mr. Magaji Timothy, the Chairman commended him and his team for their good work in ensuring that the inmates are in good condition and well guided.
He said the religion Islam preaches equality and service to all as such NASFAT’s mission is to provide services to all irrespective of religious affiliation and to foster unity amongst the people.
“We are providing empowerment tools which we believe would be beneficial to the inmates. We hope that the items would help to alleviate their condition.
Very importantly, the Islamic Society also sees itself committed to introducing the true picture of Islam to both Muslims and non-Muslims”. He said.
He had assured NASFAT’s readiness to partner the Nigerian Prison Service from time to time and to support in whatever little way possible and called on other faith-based organizations and CSOs to always support the inmates.
“There is no free salvation anywhere. Individuals that seek paradise must work for it, likewise hell fire. It is better to work for paradise rather than hell fire because lot of efforts is also required by sinners to enter hell. So, don’t be deceived by any cleric that says, ‘salvation is free’.
“Consider what you are going through here as a trial from God and use your time and energy well while serving your term by engaging in useful activities so that you can come out a better person”.
Responding, the Deputy Controller Prisons, Magaji Timothy disclosed that the Open Prison is where the inmates spend the short term remaining from their sentences.
According to him, inmates at the open prison are allowed to go out from 6-6 to do other businesses to fend for themselves, saying a part of their challenges, the workshops provided for the inmates lack basic equipment and manpower to train them.
He expressed appreciation over NASFAT’s gesture toward improving the conditions of the inmates.