As the Young Muslim Brothers and Sisters of Nigeria (YOUMBAS) marks 40 years of its existence on Sunday (October 6, 2019) , the religious organisation has been commended for recording remarkable feats in terms of propagation of Islam as well as providing service to God and humanity.
Similarly, the association is reputed to have converted about 60 non Muslims in to Islam with provision of western and Islamic education for the converts together with vocational training.
Some founding members of the organization who spoke differently during the special prayer to mark the 40th anniversary celebration of the association, held at Najaona Center, Oke-Foma area, Ilorin, observed that the organisation has contributed immensely to the progress and development of Islam through rural and urban outreach.
The state Amiru of YOUMBAS, Alhaji Abdullahi Ayo Garba described YOUMBAS’s 40th anniversary as a day of joy, happiness and gratitude to Allah.
Alhaji Garba disclosed that YOUMBAS NAJAONA clocks 40 by Islamic Calendar year on 7th Safar, 144, saying that the association has made a tremendous impact especially in the rural areas through its Da’Awah outreach to various communities in kwara and Kogi states.
Alhaji Garba thanked Allah for sustaining the organisation from infancy to this stage, saying that a lot of rains have fallen and dried up, and appreciated God for keeping them alive to witness 4 decades of YOUMBAS existence.
Alhaji Garba mentioned Asa, Moro, Ifelodun, Irepodun, Oyun, Ekiti, Oke-Ere, and part of Kogi state like Kabba, Ayetoro-Gbede, Aaye-Gbede among others as some of the places where the organisation spread the word of Allah.
“A number of converts were trainied in Islamic and western education, as well as vocational skills. About 23 people were converted to Islam from Eastern part of the country alone while quite a number of coverts were recorded spread across kwara and Kogi states”
“YOUMBAS did not only convert them but also equipped the converts with both Western and Islamic education together with vocational training” he added.
Alhaji Garba specifically mentioned Mallam Ibrahim Ejimeh and Hajia Maryam as some other pride of the YOUMBAS, pointing out that Ejimeh is now a renowned Islamic preacher while Maryam whose former name was Elina is now a Hijabian sister based in Abuja.
He Said Ibrahim Ejimeh is doing fine in his state, Cross Rivers State.
Other laudable achievements of YOUMBAS over the years according to him was the organisation periodic Hospital visitation and deep involvement in government activities such as immunization and others societal development programmes.
He recalled that a lady converted to Islam in 1998 during YOUMBAS visit to the Prison.
He therefore hinted that the association has branches and schools in various local government areas in kwara state and various states across the country such as Kogi State, New Busa in Nigeria State, among others.
Presence of some founding members of YOUMBAS at the 40th anniversary added glitz and glamour to the occasion.