Centenary celebration: Ansar-ud-Deen frees 4 inmates, holds rally in Kaduna 

Ansar-ud-Deen Society Kaduna Branch has released four inmates of Kaduna Medium Custodian Center, after paying their fines, while presenting foods, drugs and household items to inmates, to commemorate the Society’s centenary celebration. 

To mark it’s 100 years anniversary, ADS Kaduna on Monday freed Bitrus Daniel (32), Monday Clement (32), Suleiman Aminu (22) and Abdul Salisu (18) from Kaduna prison. The Society also presented to the inmates a bag of gari, cartons of noodles, sphagetti; malarial, analgesic, antibiotics, cough, catarrh drugs; sanitary pads for female inmates, washing and bathing soaps, sachets of toothpaste and a small bucket of vaseline. ADS members had on Saturday held a walk from central mosque through Katsina Road, Ahmadu Bello Way, Leventis, Yakubu Gowon Way and Bida road back to central mosque. 

Expressing their feelings after breathing fresh air of freedom, the freed inmates expressed appreciation to Ansar-ud-Deen Society for the gesture, noting that they have learnt their lessons and they would stay away from what brought them to jail again. 

Bitrus Daniel said, “I’m grateful to God and Ansar-ud-Deen Society for freeing me, I cannot thank you people enough. This is an opportunity for me to relive my life and I would not misuse it. I learn many things which I would put to use. Fighting brought me to jail which I would not allow to happen again. I pray that the other inmates would also be freed one day.”

According to Suleiman Aminu, “I thank Allah and I thank Ansar-ud-Deen for granting me freedom. I pray that Allah would bless and protect them. I pray never to come here again, I have learn so much lessons in prison and I will put them into use so that I won’t have cause to go back to jail again. I pray that Allah would grant other inmates freedom.”

Abdul Salisu said, “I thank Allah and Ansar-ud-Deen for securing my release. May Allah protect Ansar-ud-Deen members, may they never have their freedom curtailed. With this opportunity given to me, I pray not come back here again.” 

The acting Chairman of Ansar-ud-Deen Society Kaduna, Alhaji (Chief) Fasasi Akintunde expressed delight to witness the 100-year celebration of Ansar-ud-Deen Society. 

“Ansar-ud-Deen has done a lot. We pray that Allah will continue to reward those who founded the Society. Our members should be in the forefront of Islamic propagation,” he said.

The first Assistant Northern State Secretary, Alhaji Moshood Akinsanya said the motive of establishing Ansar-ud-Deen was to improve western education among the Muslim children. 

“We have over 200 primary and secondary schools, ADS is a global Islamic body with branches in North America, Europe, US and West Africa,” he said.

The Kaduna Branch Secretary, Alhaji Sheriff Olutusin said 42 young men founded Ansar-Ud-Deen Society on the 21st of December 1923 in Lagos to create educational avenue for Muslim children now with branches in Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ondo, Ekiti, Northern State councils, US and UK. 

He said ADS has hundreds of primary schools and secondary schools, two teachers’ training colleges, and Summit University, Offa. 

“Kaduna Branch, founded in 1941, rejoices on the Centenary Anniversary of the Society. The celebration will be concluded with honorary awards and other programs in Abuja and Lagos from 17th – 21st Dec 2023,” he said.

An educationist and member of the Elders Committee, Hajia Muslimat Omotosho said, “we are thanking God for sparing our lives to witness this Ansar-ud-Deen landmark of Centenary celebration. My late father, Alhaji Sanni Aba used to tell me about how Ansar-ud-Deen impacted on the lives of people. The essence of the rally that we held is that it’s necessary to have exercise regularly. It’s highly important to do this from time to time. Also, we should continue to strive to serve Allah.”

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