It’s been freezing in the UK, so much so that people here are joking that the BBC dubbed it ‘Freezing Britain’ and that the country comes to a halt with just a few centimetres of snow! But it is a fact that it is very cold and in many places the temperatures are well below 0ºC. There are many people who will find this cold hard. They may be struggling to keep their houses warm, or even go out to get provisions. There are hardships here.
But how does that compare to those homeless people in Pakistan who were affected by the floods a few months ago. We all heard about how devastating it was and how it would take years for the country to recover. Years! Well let me point out something. It’s only been a few months and people seem to have forgotten about the Pakistan floods and that the people there are suffering MORE than we are here. If anything, the snow and freezing temperatures in the UK should be a reminder to us that there are people who are less fortunate than ourselves and, more importantly, they need our help!
Remember when Ethiopia was facing drought for many years? It was for years!! And people made effort to keep the crisis in the public eye. Musicians from around the world got together to raise awareness. Is it so different for Pakistan? These people direly need your help so do not turn them into beggars – donate and help them!
Although many people in Pakistan were displaced when the floods came, they are now returning to their home areas. But they have no shelter, little food and provisions. And in Pakistan, trust me, it can get very very cold at night and in the winter. Over 20 million people have been affected – that is a HUGE number! In the UK that would equate to almost one third of the country! ONE THIRD! Can you imagine that? I can’t!
As the United Nations described recently, this crisis has affected more people than those that suffered as a result of the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004, Cyclone Nargis, in 2007, and the earthquakes that have hit Kashmir and Haiti in recent years.
You can make donations via a number of charities and relief agencies. There is one that I recommend though – UWT – because all of your donations (100%) goes to those people in need. The organisation doesn’t take any money out of donations for its running costs. You can make donations at: www.uwt.org
For Muslims, this is a duty to help your brothers and sisters in Islam. This is a worthy cause for your zakat and sadaqah. So give generously whatever you can, even if it’s about donating clothes at your nearest Islamic charity.
Help these flood victims, men, women and children. They are in more need than you realise.
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