Category: MuslimKind

Ditch the Hate! Show the Love!

On Tuesday 19th January 2016, Channel 4 aired a documentary entitled “Jihadis Next Door”. While the majority of Muslims and non-Muslims alike were shocked at the aggressive behaviour and hate that was being spouted by such individuals, it was clear that they were not a true representation of this beautiful faith.

Among the amazing work of Islamic organisations and mosques across the UK (and the world), the One Community department has been striving hard in showing the true teachings of Islam and positive efforts in bringing communities together.

Looking at the life of the Prophet Muhammad (may God’s peace and blessings be upon him), it is clear that he showed compassion, justice and kindness to those around him, even those who did not accept Islam.

Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:
“Allah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion and did not drive you out of your homes” (Chapter 60, verse 8)

In light of this, the title and context of the documentary, “Jihadis next door”, could imply that the Muslims who live “next door” to non-Muslims are similar to those on the programme. However, this is far from the prophetic tradition in Islam of how Muslims are to interact with their neighbours!

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let them be kind to their neighbour.” (Muslim)

Therefore, to fulfil the rights of the neighbour is one of the most beautiful teachings of Islam, where we are commanded to show kindness and consideration towards them, regardless of their colour, gender, looks or religion. In fact, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Jibreel kept on recommending me to treat the neighbours kindly and politely, that I thought that Allah would order [me] to make them [my] heirs.“ [Bukhari]. This is a prophetic teaching that can create a huge impact on our communities.

So at One Community, we say, “DITCH THE HATE! SHOW THE LOVE!” by carrying out the Love Your Neighbour Campaign!

A very simple campaign that ALL Muslims can get involved in! Simply show kindness to your neighbour!

For more details and information on how to carry out this campaign, please visit the following link: http://www.ouronecommunity.com/campaigns/love-your-neighbour/

 

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BRITISH MUSLIMS MAKE WINTER WARMER FOR THE ELDERLY

As the cold weather settles in, One Community will be delivering the much-needed blankets, hot water bottles, hats, gloves and woolly jumpers to pensioners across the UK.

One Community are rolling out their national ‘Elderly Care Project: Winter Warmth Campaign’ this month, which aims to raise money from Muslim communities, so that they can purchase gifts and important supplies, which will help the elderly in their local areas get through the winter.

Heading up this innovative initiative is One Community’s Director Abu Tayeb Khairdeen. He said: “We don’t just want to give the elderly hats and blankets; we want to cheer them up! The weather is miserable and a lot of older people feel isolated and lonely. Perhaps we can comfort them by warming to them.

The campaign comes in the wake of shocking reports about the rise in winter deaths among the elderly in Britain, with 43,900 excess deaths in England and Wales last winter.

One Community aims to galvanise local Muslims not only to donate, but to get involved as well. Mr Khairdeen added: “Respect for the elderly is an important part of the Islamic faith. There are far too many old people being left alone with no one to talk to and Muslims should be bringing joy to these people, and show them the respect they deserve. That’s why we’re getting the Muslim Community involved, and building bridges between people from different walks of life.

One Community will be supporting teams across the country by distributing our free winter gift packs and tool kits. To set up this campaign in your area, download the toolkit here: http://www.ouronecommunity.com/british-muslims-make-winter-warmer-for-the-elderly/

For more information please email info@ouronecommunity.com or call 078111 642 99. You can also visit our website at www.ouronecommunity.com

Good News Story from the “Love Your Neighbour” Campaign

A family carried out the One Community “Love Your Neighbour” on the 28th November. They fried up some lovely samosas and pakoras for their next door neighbours and distributed them along with a “Gift from your Neighbour” booklet.

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A few days later, they received a knock on the door and to their surprise, one of their neighbours gave them a box of chocolates and a card that read:

“Your gift came at just the right point.
I was so low and it lifted me to have such thoughtful neighbours.
Chris and Phil – Number 23″

 

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Alhamdulillah – this is a perfect example of how we can all spread kindness and compassion to our own neighbours and fulfil the beautiful teachings of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him)

“Whoever believes in Allaah and the Last Day, let them be kind to their neighbour.” (Muslim)

“By Allah, he does not believe! By Allah, he does not believe! By Allah, he does not believe!” It was said, “Who is that, O Messenger of Allah?” He said, “That person whose neighbour does not feel safe from his evil.” (Bukhari)

To learn more about this campaign, please visit the campaign page: http://www.ouronecommunity.com/campaigns/love-your-neighbour/

“Love Your Neighbour” National Campaign

On Saturday 28st November, One Community teams across the UK motivated and empowered their local communities to carry out the “Love Your Neighbour” campaign! A simple, but effective campaign based on the prophetic teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): “Whoever believes in Allaah and the Last Day, let them be kind to their neighbour.” (Muslim)

The steps were as follows:

  1. Prepare some food (or a gift) for your neighbour.
  2. Give them the food and a “Gift from your neighbour” booklet
  3. Encourage others to get involved by taking a picture and uploading it onto social media using the hashtag #LoveYourNeighbour #MuslimKindness

Alhamdulillah, the campaign was well received and many of those who did it found great feedback from their neighbours. Some stories will be shared on shortly, so watch this space.

For full details of this campaign and how you can also get involved, please see our campaign page: http://www.ouronecommunity.com/campaigns/love-your-neighbour/

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iERA urge muslims to get more involved with their communities

The British Muslim community has been facing many challenges this year in the aftermath of the killing of the British soldier, Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, London on May 22nd.

With cases of attacks against Muslims and vandalism against mosques on the rise, coupled with increased tension and feeling of distrust towards Muslims, it is imperative that we as a community reach out to our neighbours and explain what our beautiful religion actually teaches.

It is with this situation in mind, that the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) has embarked on a project entitled ‘Right up Your Street’ to empower Muslims to give dawah to their neighbours during the blessed month of Ramadan. iERA has produced 100,000 booklets which individual Muslims can give out to their neighbours thereby introducing them to Islam and in turn fostering good and lasting relationships.

iERA is getting mosques to give talks on the importance of presenting Islam with a view to motivating each member of their congregation to take a set of booklets and give them to their neighbours. Following this, they can start a healthy dialogue by inviting them around for breaking the fast or for some tea.

So far, during Ramadan, iERA has been travelling up and down the country, visiting mosque after mosque, informing and motivating worshippers to take and distribute a set of booklets to their neighbours so that they can start a positive interaction. This way fear, the fuel of ignorance, can be dispelled and thereby enable Muslims to be part of a cohesive and vibrant society.