You may have noticed that the UK has been experiencing some unusual weather patterns this week. When we’re supposed to be welcoming in spring, we’ve been bracing ourselves against the Beast from the East and now Storm Emma. For many, the cold snap has presented an excellent opportunity to skive school and work whilst taking some excellent ‘gramworthy’ photos:
However, for some, this unexpected weather can be very dangerous.
The polar blast from Siberia has seen temperatures dip to around -6C and feel as cold as -13C. That’s why mosques across the country have been opening their doors for those in need: from Clonskeagh Mosque in Dublin to a Islamic Centre in Oldham to Canterbury and Leeds. And it’s not just for helping the homeless; volunteers across the country have been shopping on behalf of their elderly and vulnerable neighbours, while also offering to clean driveways of snow.
Volunteers from Khizra Mosque knocking on doors and asking if need help with shopping and clearing drive ways of snow for elderly and vulnerable in the local community and giving winter packs and food parcels to homeless. Jazakallah Khairun to all the volunteers pic.twitter.com/tuwzrDOHhM
— khizramasjid (@khizramasjid) March 1, 2018
Mosques are not just places of worship, but pillars of our communities. Shaukat Warraich, Editor in Chief of Imams Online, has praised these efforts and encouraged other mosques to follow their example. “Mosques need to evolve in dealing with national crisis and disaster recovery efforts, for example, the efforts made following the Grenfell Tower disaster by Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre was unbelievable. Opening the Mosque doors bringing in the less fortunate at times like these goes along way”.
Supporting our local community, and particularly those less fortunate than ourselves, is an important way of giving back and bringing ourselves closer to God. As Ihsan Khan who organised shelter at the Canterbury Mosque explained, “After all they are our brothers and sisters in humanity and we should be caring for them as much as we can.”