Sisters in the Deen Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established by a group of well-meaning pragmatic Muslim women desirous of making a difference in the society has opened a new orphanage named Baytu Sakeenah (Home of Tranquility) in the heart of Lagos to take care of the less privileged Muslims, most especially orphans in Nigeria.
The orphanage home was declared open on Friday, October 1.
Speaking during the official opening in Lagos, Chairperson of the Foundation, Dr Nurat Akinlabi-Babalola noted that the decision to establish the orphanage home was borne out of the need to provide a safe haven for vulnerable Muslim youth in order for them to flourish, connect and ignite their innate potentials.
Akinlabi-Babalola further stated that the motivation to support most especially orphans by the foundation was driven by the hadith of the Prophet where he declared that “The one who cares for an orphan and will be together in Paradise like this”.
She charged everyone to support the cause by making their contribution adding that the orphanage was built for the sake of Allah and the benefit of humanity.
The chairperson explained further that the foundation remains committed to rekindling the hope of a better future for the disadvantaged children regardless of their situation.
“This is a great step in our journey to assist vulnerable youth most especially the orphans in the society by providing proper grooming and nurture that are in sync with the principles of Islam,” she added.
In his remarks, the special guest at the occasion, the National Missioner, Ansar-udeen Society of Nigeria, Sheik AbdulRahman Ahmad explained that Sisters in the Deen Foundation deserved to be appreciated for securing an abode for the disadvantaged or vunerable children in the society noting that greater reward await them in heaven.
’“The vulnerable youths who are orphan exist in abundance among us. There are those that are orphaned by death or irresponsible parents. These group of people are vulnerable because they lack the basic needs or facilities. It is the right of every child to have a mother and a father but by means of the circumstance of their birth, they have become orphan,” Ahmad added.
He urged Muslim faithful alike and philanthropists to lend their support not only in the provision of funds or gift items but also paying regular visit to the Orphanage Home.
“By this great step alone, our women have challenged us so much so that out of complaints that the economy is going bad, they still find the resources, time and passion to shoulder a collective responsibility on behalf of all of us. They have scored a hattrick against us as men.”
However, the only way to retaliate is to support this dream. Our support is not going to be through monetary assistance alone but we should pay homage to these orphans. Let us train some of them through schools, let us bring our children here so tht they can appreciate what God has done. These children need our care. We owe it a responsibility to protect their deen”, he said.
In her remarks, the Vice President of the Foundation, Binta Adisa reiterated the commitment of the foundation to ameliorating their plight noting that the opening of the orphanage home marks a significant step in drumming up support for the disadvantaged and less privileged children and women in the society.