The Uganda Muslim Youth Assembly (UMYA) and the Foundation for Human Rights and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) from Turkey have started donating food to the needy, for the duration of Ramadhan.
“We shall fast [peacefully] since we have got food to help us in breaking our fast. I have been scared of how I would complete this month without food. But thank God, you have really saved us the poor,” Hajat Hasfah Nabunya, of Mbogo mosque in Kawempe, said.
“May Allah bless this project which cares for the poor. The rice will take me up to Idi day. Since Ramadhan started, I have been eating free Iftar and supper at the mosque,” Adam Kasule said.
Some widows from Bukomansimbi district such as Hajat Masitula Nazziwa, Mwajuma Nabukeera and Hamidah Namaganda, praised the donation and thanked Allah for remembering them at such a critical time.
Charity, not politics:
According to Imam Kasozi, the vice vhairman UMYA and coordinator of IHH in Uganda, Ramadhan is a month of sharing and the packages come in that spirit.
“We are guided by Islamic teachings in giving out these food packages, and not politics,” he said.
Kasozi said Prophet Muhammad revealed that whoever helps a fasting person break his or her fast gets a reward of a fasting person without reducing the reward of the fasting person.
He said they have purchased 4,900 packs of food worth Shs 89m, that includes rice, maize, cooking oil, flour, salt, sugar, soap and copies of the Qur’an.
Beneficiaries and how they are selected:
“We target needy Muslim families, especially widows, orphans, the sick and elderly to have Iftar. We don’t want them to admire or beg from their friends or relatives,” Kasozi said.
He said their Ugandan partners had given them the biggest funding in this project out of 4,900 food packages, Ugandans contributed 3,500 packages. International partners availed 1,400 packages. Kasozi, a lecturer at Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), said the organization started Ramadhan donations in 1998.
“We use village imams to select needy people in their areas. They register the beneficiaries in aance in order to fight corruption and distribute goods openly,” he said.
Places which have benefited so far include Mukono district, Somali refugees in Kampala, Bukomansimbi district, Kawempe, Mawanga in Makindye division, Kamuli and Kireka Home for Children with Special Needs Education. Other beneficiaries include Dokolo, Kapchorwa, Mbarara, Ntungamo, Kasese, Sembabule, Bugiri, Arua, Adjumani, Apac, Buko, Mayuge, Isingiro, Kabarole, Amulata, Luweero, Masaka and Kalangala.
“We have also given students in non-Muslim-founded schools, because many students fast in these schools and are not facilitated well as they break their fast,” Kasozi said.
Other groups to benefit include prisoners in Kigo, Nakasongola and Luzira and refugees in Isingiro and Nakivaale. The organization is also distributing fruit plantlets and sensitising people on the importance of tree planting.
Source : The Observer