50 years after its existence in Igbogbo, the Ansar – Ud – Deen Society of Nigeria, Igbogbo branch, is looking into the future and planning to further contribute more to the social and economic developments of the Igbogbo Kingdom.
The Society, which had last Saturday rolled out programmes to mark its silver jubilee anniversary with records of achievements, including the construction of an ultra – modern Central Mosque, is not resting on its oars as it has started planning to embark on other developmental projects after the anniversary.
The branch Missioner, Alhaji (Imam) Luqman Abdul – Rasaq, who spoke with THE IMPACT, revealed the future plans of the religious organization.
“We have been thinking ahead in accordance with the theme of the anniversary, ‘The Reality of Our Dreams”. The reality of our dreams is that we still have so many plans and projects that we still want to do for the progress of Ansar – Ud – Deen and the whole Igbogbo Kingdom at large”, he said.
“We are planning to establish hospital, standard Nursery and Secondary Schools, Empowerment Scheme for our members and all other Muslims that need help”, Fadilat . Abdul – Rasaq revealed to our reporter.
While lauding the visions and contributions of the founding fathers of the organization in Igbogbo, the Missioner singled out the duo of Alhaji AbdulRasheed Lola Aroyewun and Alhaji Ade Saoogun, for their great contributions to the Society and Igbogbo in general.
The Ansar – Ud – Deen Society, Igbogbo branch, was inaugurated on January 14, 1994, by the State Council of Ansar – Ud – Deen, Lagos State.
“We thank our founding fathers that brought about the development of Ansar – Ud – Deen”, he said.
“Alhaji AbdulRasheed Lola Aroyewu was one of our foundation members and he did very well. He was later appointed as the Balogun of Igbogbo Kingdom. He was one of our philanthropists who contributed immensely; financially and morally, to the An sar – Ud – Deen Society”.
“Alhaji Aroyewun was a man of the people that introduced scholarship award for our youths members then.
“Alhaji Ade Saoogun, in fact, cannot be forgotten. He was also one of the foundation members. He contributed immensely to the progress of Amsar – Ud – Deen”, the Missioner said.
“He did a wonderful thing that Ansar – Ud – Deen can never forget in history by given us a standard room to accommodate our Imams and Alfas. He willed that particular apartment to Ansar – Ud – Deen, Igbogbo branch.
“May Allah grant them Aljana fidaus”, he prayed.
The Missioner also emphasized the contributions of the Society to the developments of Igbiogbo.
“There is no way that one can talk about the development of Igbogbo today without mentioning the roles played by Ansar – Ud – Deen Society. The Society did a lot for Igbogbo Kingdom”, he said.
“All our activities boost the image of Igbogbo Kingdom. We contributed spiritually, financially and otherwise to the progress of the kingdom. We are part and parcel of the Kingdom and we have contributed a lot to it too”.