Friday 17 April 2020

Our Changing World

We are four weeks into being at home as the Corona virus pandemic goes on in the UK and the whole country at a standstill. One of the things that has really bothered me throughout is all those people that will no longer be able to work or have an income.

So many people live from pay cheque to pay cheque, barely making it through the month or out of their overdraft. We know of so many single people and families through the masjid and friends that don’t have recourse to public funds, this could be for various reasons – their case is being processed by the home office, they are appealing after their asylum case has been rejected, some that are even here after their visa ran out. If these people can’t work right now, even if under the radar doing low paid work, they can’t eat.

There must be so many others that are just getting by and are wondering what will happen over the next few weeks and months and where that will leave them.  With the country heading for a recession, perhaps the worse for many generations, it is easy to believe that the world will be a very different place when we come out of the other end of this horrible situation.  Just the sheer number of people at risk of losing their homes is terrifying.

Many of us are thinking about how we can get through, others about how they can adapt and ride the changes to their benefit. But there are those that will only be at the mercy of events, the vulnerable, the elderly, those too sick or mentally unable to keep going.  These are the people we will have to look out for, to think of and to find ways to support so that they are not left behind.

May Allah SWT have mercy on all of our brothers and sisters, on all of humanity insh’Allah

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