COVID-19: Canadian Muslims Launch “Neighborhood Helper”

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Islam puts a deep emphasis on an individual duty to help our neighbors.

FEED THE POOR

Feeding the poor and needy is an act that draws us closer to Allah. We earn His forgiveness, mercies and blessings through this act of charity.

“Anyone who looks after and works for a widow and a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah?s cause, or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all night. (Bukhari)

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Angel Jibril
advised me continuously to take care of the neighbor till I thought that Allah
is to make him an inheritor.”

At this difficult time of coronavirus, Canadian Muslims have
launched the “Neighborhood Helper” campaign.

The group is offering to pick up groceries, fill out prescriptions and provide moral support to their neighbors, Ottawa Matters reported.

Canadians who require assistance are encouraged to call
1-855-HELP811 or sign up on www.helpingneighbours.com.

“It’s very simple,” said Farhan Iqbal, a missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Canada. “You sign up with some details and we will reach out to you.”

“There are thousands of us across Canada, and even
those who are in further away towns, we can send teams,” said Iqbal.

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The campaign launched Tuesday evening and will run indefinitely
as the group monitors the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Our teachings in the religion of Islam are that we
should love humanity, and we should show that same kind of love for all of
humanity, especially in these trying times as people are in need,” Iqbal
added.

Pandemic Report

The coronavirus that started in Wuhan, China, late last
year, has spread to at least 154 countries and killed thousands.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on March 11, the
outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has infected 490,253 and killed other 22,156, according to the latest estimates by WorldOMeter.

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