Bilk­isu wanted to die in the act of wor­ship - FOMWAN

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Naz­ifi Dawud Khalid, Kano

The death of late vet­eran jour­nal­ist and civil so­ci­ety ac­tivist, Ha­jiya Bilk­isu Yusuf, in the Hajj stam­pede was con­sis­tent with her wish to die in the act of wor­ship, Chairperson of the Fed­er­a­tion of Mus­lim Women in Nige­ria (FOMWAN), Ha­jiya Sa’adatu Hasheem said.

Sa’adatu, who made the re­marks Satur­day dur­ing a sym­po­sium or­ga­nized by Bayero Univer­sity, Kano in hon­our of Bilk­isu, said the late ac­tivist lived an aus­tere life ex­em­pli­fied by her pas­sion for the well­be­ing of vul­ner­a­ble and down­trod­den women in the so­ci­ety.

“Ha­jiya Bilk­isu never wore ex­pen­sive clothes be­cause she was al­ways mind­ful of the fact that there are mil­lions of poor peo­ple in need. Her aim was al­ways to make pos­i­tive im­pact on the lives of oth­ers and she died the kind of death she had al­ways wished for, which is in the act of wor­ship,” she said.

She noted that Bilk­isu, who was the found­ing mem­ber of FOMWAN, also con­trib­uted im­mensely to the growth of var­i­ous non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions that were now mak­ing progress in cham­pi­oning the cause of women in the coun­try.

Also in Pro­fes­sor his speech,

Abubakar Mo­moh said Bilk­isu once as­sured him that un­til her death, “she will never buy any dress worth more than N20,000”.

“I asked her why and she replied that her ad­vo­cacy and work with ru­ral women has proven to her the value, sig­nif­i­cance and what dif­fer­ence N20,000 can make in the lives of dis­em­pow­ered and ru­ral women. This deeply touched me and told me some­thing rare, un­com­mon and noble about the per­son­al­ity of Ha­jiya Bilk­isu,” he said.

Equally ex­tolling her virtues, Dr. Bala Muham­mad, a colum­nist with Daily Trust, de­scribed the de­ceased as a down-toearth men­tor, jour­nal­ist and an in­tel­lec­tual who was al­ways ready to as­sist in times of need.

On his part, Dr. Sule Bello of His­tory Depart­ment, BUK, re­mem­bered Bilk­isu as a per­son­al­ity who through knowl­edge and prac­tice of Is­lam could turn a non-Mus­lim into an in­stant con­vert.

“Bilk­isu was an ex­cep­tion­ally de­vout Mus­lim and a role model, who rep­re­sented a staunch op­po­si­tion to peo­ple who wor­ship at the al­tar of power and greed. She was a woman who, de­spite fac­ing the enor­mous de­mands of so­ci­ety, was able to per­form her mat­ri­mo­nial du­ties dili­gently,” he said.

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