HIS AUNT DIED OF CANCER, IMAGINE WHAT HE DID NEXT…

Assalamu Alaikum Ummah
Today, we are having our first interview session and with me here is One tall Gentleman, from where i come, we say Doogon-Yaro ( FYI – I’m from Mamobi Nima ) . A friend of mine saw his works on Facebook and suggested to me that we interview him, I did a little investigation on ma own and trust me this guy has done well, is doing well and I guess he would continue to create Change  and do well In Sha Allah. He Before this interview I thought his works where for the community in which he stays (Madina Zongo ) not knowing i was wrong . Other communities have also benefited from his endeavors and it’s his ambition to affect the world… After his Aunt died, he didn’t lock himself in the room to cry, he didn’t hate Allah for taking his Aunt, he didn’t hate himself and the world, he wasn’t tired of living…HE CREATED CHANGE!!!
read on….
INTERVIEW WITH ABDUL – SAMAD ZURAK , FOUNDER OF ZURAK CANCER FOUNDATION
 MS = Muslimah Sameerah
ASZ = Abdul-Samad Zurak

MS – Assalamu Alaikum
ASZ – Walaikum Salam Waramatullah Ta’ala Wabarakat
MS – How are you doing?
ASZ – Alhamdulillah… I hope you’re doing great too?
MS – Alhamdulillah, We Thank Allah for everything.
ASZ – Ma Sha Allah
MS – Welcome to muslimahSameerah.com but Before we start may i know your full name because I realized the name most people know around here in zurak.
ASZ – Thank you very much, well my name is Abdul-Samad Zurak
MS – Ok, I think we can move on now that we all know your name… So who is Abdul – Samad
ASZAbdul Samed Zurak is a 21 year old wannabe Lawyer and Computer Scientist studying Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at Wisconsin International University College, a philanthropist and a poet who yearns for change within his community, Chairman and Founder of Zurak Cancer Foundation
MS – wow…school,poetry,foundation!!! That must be a whole lot of loads you carrying there…How do you do that??? I mean Combining all three- cus the last time i read Jack of all trades, Master of none. You  must really be a busy person???

ASZ –  We just trying our best… I love what I do so I don’t mind sacrificing anything for it. I also have a great team and we are doing great. It hasn’t been easy, I quite remember once I had wanted to quit school to have much time for the organization but with the help of technology things got a bit easier for me since I was able to prepare everything ahead of time.

MS – Ma Sha Allah… Ok now let’s talk about Zurak Cancer Foundation. Seriously prior to this interview i never thought I would ever witness a Ghanaian Muslim guy venturing into a female dominated Charity, especially  one from our own zongo community. That surprised me a lot to be frank, which brings me to these 2 questions-
1) What Motivated you to start a foundation?

2) Why Cancer?

ASZ

Yeah, first I wanted my community to see the benefit of my education and I wanted to do something different so I thought of starting a foundation which would bring changes in my community.

On why I chose cancer…… It’s difficult remembering this…(was quiet for a while)
Some years ago I lost my lovely aunt to liver cancer
MS – Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un (We surely belong to Allah and to Him we shall return) May Allah grant her Al-Jannah… Am soo sorry…

ASZ – Thank you…

So when my Aunt passed away I became very curious about this whole cancer thing,I started reading and I got to find out cancer is the easiest preventable disease.
Assuming my Aunt understood the dangers, ways to prevent the disease and promote a healthy life, she wouldn’t 11903854_1622096658073954_4182661156512375458_n
have had hepatitis B which became chronic and led to liver cancer.

I spoke to my dad to get children screened for the disease by then I was young so my ideas didn’t make sense to anyone. Unfortunately my prediction came to pass, few years after her death, One of her sons became sick and they decided to get tested. It was discovered that all her children are hepatitis B positive.(We lost her son also to liver Cancer) I was really worried, then on the 26th of April, 2014 I finally started Zurak Cancer Foundation.

A Non Governmental Organization educating individuals about cancer, creating awareness, supporting cancer patients and advocating for cancer screening in Ghana. So yeah, that’s how it all started…
MS – Wooowww… That’s some story. I can see you’re really brave and strong because loosing 2 close relatives is no joke at all… I would break down totally. seriously…
ASZ – , com’on you’re also strong looking at what you’re doing… I guess Allah is the Reason
MS – Truly Allah is the reason, May Allah Grant them Jannah… but Does it mean cancer can be inherited???
ASZ – Not all types of cancer but most cancers with infectious agents such as Hepatitis B and Human Papilloma Virus could be transmitted from mother to child. Theirs developed from Hepatitis B to liver cancer.
MS – You really know your stuff, that’s impressive. Did you by any chance study whiles in school?
ASZ –  No, I just decided to seek knowledge.
 MS – oh great…So how has the journey been so far with regards to your Activities and the progress of Zurak Cancer Foundation?
ASZ –  The journey hasn’t been easy …First of all it was difficult for me to get people to understand my endeavors Even my dad because they all thought it was crazy and foolish. Some said it was a thing for the whites not blacks. 
For our activities, we have taken 4 different types of cancers which are related to infectious agents and prevalent in Africa. They are;
  1. cervical cancer,
  2. breast cancer,
  3. liver cancer and
  4. prostate cancer
 We have activities all year round
Back in January, we organized a Cervical Health Awareness Program where we visited various schools in the suburb of Accra to educate students about the risk and preventive methods of cervical cancer
 In May, we partnered with Amen Scientific Herbal Hospital where we organized free hepatitis b screening in Madina and Mamobi.
We also did media education such as Television, Radio and our social media platforms
In September, we organized a Prostate Health Awareness Program to educate our old folks above the of 40 on the risk and preventive methods of Prostate cancer.
In October we are doing Breast Health Awareness Program , We just started we have activities such as Breast cancer awareness program at Abelenkpe.
Also Faith Community Baptist School and Accra Girls Senior high school
We would also visit various Islamic schools in Accra as well in order to break down the barrier
These activities are targeted to breakdown the prevalence of cancer in Ghana. We hope to maximize our endeavors in other regions very soon
MS – So how do you run the foundation Where should we expect to see Zurak foundation in the next five years
ASZ – In the next five years Zurak Cancer Foundation will be the Kingpin in the fight against cancer in Ghana
Even now who is doing better than us?
MS – I must say I commend on your being soo confident, May Allah keep guiding you IN Sha Allah
ASZ – “Confidence” that’s what drives Zurak Cancer Foundation
MS – Last words for young Muslims??
ASZ – Always identify the problems of your community and solve it , Seek knowledge and desist from evil
Thank you and may Allah richly bless you
MS – Ameen
Perfect and am very much impressed with your endeavors too
Yeah leave your Message in the comment box below and Plead
Ijara

Islam-Life-Confidence

24 Comments
  1. MashaAllah.. May Allah guide and protect us all.. This was a vry good interview.. Well done and keep it up. ✌

  2. Maa shaa Allah. That was a wonderful interview. And to Abdul – Samad Zurak,keep doing the good works. May Allah continue to bless and protect you as you making impact in our community.

  3. Masha Allah..im proud of you dear.You’ve taken a bold step and ALLAH AZZA WA JAL will surely see you through Insha Allah

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