Students at an independent Muslim college in Manchester have
launched a new campaign for a jihad [struggle] against the COVID-19 virus.
As the coronavirus sweeps across the UK, the Minhaj College
Manchester (MCM) initiative would give support to the elderly and vulnerable.
“Our country is facing a major catastrophe which is starting
to result in chaos. In the midst of this chaos there is a genuine fear that the
most vulnerable in society will be neglected,” the college’s Facebook
“Team MCM has launched a campaign for a Jihad (struggle)
against Covid-19 titled team COVID-JIHAD.”
Volunteers will help vulnerable people who are in
self-isolation by delivering urgent supplies to them.
Others will help NHS services, while some will help food-banks to raise much-needed supplies and distribute those supplies.
A Canadian Muslim charity has launched an appeal to provide
hygiene kits to vulnerable people in the community.
Islamic charity Penny Appeal has also launched a new grant
for those affected by the COVID-19.
As of 16 March, after performing 44,105 tests, there have
been 1,543 confirmed cases of COVID-19
in the United Kingdom.
53 People in the UK with confirmed COVID-19 infection have
died, and one further death has been confirmed in the British Overseas
Territory of the Cayman Islands. Additionally, one British citizen died in the
outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.