•Gives hope to kidney transplant, hole in heart, cancer patients
The joy of Armiyau Olakunle Olopade knew no bounds as he got a cheque of a whopping N4million from Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation (ZSF) to enable him procure treatment of his ailments. Olopade, 40, needs an urgent kidney transplant to stay alive. He got a referral from Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH recently to India for the transplant.
Also, two-year-old boy, Al-Hadi Oyedokun, with a hole in the heart got N2.5million for a heart surgery in an undisclosed hospital in Nigeria. The father of the boy, Hafiz Oyedokun expressed happiness saying he never knew he could get such a huge amount from the foundation for his son’s treatment. Other 36 patients with different ailments got various sums of money for their medical bills. Over N27million were presented to the patients.Presenting the cheques to the 38 patients, Executive Director/CEO of the foundation, Prince Sulayman Olagunju at their headquarters, Tafawa Balewa Square complex, Lagos Wednesday, said Zakat distribution ceremonies are annual events of the foundation across the county during which Islamic charities (Zakat, Sadaqat, proceeds from Waqf etc) collected are distributed to the rightful beneficiaries.
According to him, the beneficiaries were carefully selected from 56 applicants that applied for medical support.
“The selected applicants need urgent medical attention, which should not be delayed. Last year, the sum of Thirty-four million, sixty-seven thousand, three hundred naira (N34,067,300) was allocated for medical support out of N148,069,905 zakat distributed. “The number of applicants for charity as at the end of April stood at 647. They are requesting for over N300 million. Fifty-six applicants with serious health-related issues requested for over Seventy-eight million naira (N78 million). Their cases range from cancer of the anus, spinal cord injuries, surgeries of various kinds, kidney transplants to hearing aids etc. We are attending to just 38 patients for now because we do not have enough funds to cater for all the applicants. As soon as we have more funds, other applicants shall be attended to provided they meet requirements of our screening exercise that ensures only deserving applicants received our charity.
“Our foundation is walking the talk as we ensure proper distribution of zakat collected every year since we commenced zakat collection and distribution years back. Permit me to call on all Muslims whose wealth is equal or above the Nisab to join us in reviving the most neglected pillar of our religion by paying their zakat to Zakat and Sadaqat Foundation. Sincerely, payment of zakat protects and increases one’s wealth. Moreover, Allah will be pleased with the payer for removing the burden of poverty from the poor and indigent in the society”, he said.