Mirza Farhan Ahmad Baig, Benin Correspondent
On the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha this year, Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Benin, with the support of Humanity First Germany, was able to off er 491 sacrifices in 713 places across the country, benefiting 52,230 people.
Our missionaries and local muallims have traveled to remote areas of the country – where there are many underprivileged people who do not have access to meat throughout the year – and distributed the sacrificial meat, alhamdolillah.
In addition, sacrificial animals were donated to government welfare institutions on the occasion of Eid.
A ceremony was held on 28 July 2020 at the Governor’s House in Cotonou, which was attended by the Amir Jamaat of Benin, along with a five-member delegation. Amir Sahib told the media that as per our tradition every year, we were offering sacrifice on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha this year as well, so that the meat could be delivered to the needy.
As the honourable governor was not in the city due to his busy schedule, his secretary welcomed our delegation and appreciated our efforts. The event was also attended by the assistant minister for social affairs and microfinance and he also thanked the Jamaat for its efforts. The event was covered by the digital media including ORTB, Canal 3 TV, E-Tele and the newspaper La Nation.
After the ceremony, a delegation of Jamaat Benin went to the ministry of social affairs, where the director for the disabled and elderly (who have two institutions for the care of persons with disabilities) welcomed the delegation. Sacrificial animals were offered by the delegation for the disabled. Later, sacrificial animals and other items were also offered by the delegation at the Government Mental Hospital and Civil Jail of Cotonou.
On 29 July 2020, a ceremony was held at the Governor’s House in Porto-Novo, the capital of Benin, in which the governor was briefed on the donation of sacrificial animals by Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya Benin on the occasion of Eid. He was very happy to hear about these donations. He sent his representative along with the Jamaat delegtion, which went to the Porto-Novo Civil Prison and a centre for the mentally impaired to distribute the sacrificial animals and other items.
On 29 July 2020, the team of E-Tele, a private TV channel, came to Jamaat’s mission house in Cotonou, which was preparing a report on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha in Benin. They interviewed Amir Jamaat Benin and covered Islamic philosophy about the sacrifice in their broadcast.
May Allah the Almighty bestow the best reward on all those who offered sacrifices and those who participated in them in any way and may He grant them the power of sacrifice more than ever before. Amin