Age UK suggests that 24,000 older people could die this winter in Britain from inadequate heating, food and companionship. As Muslims, we cannot stand by and watch this happen to our senior citizens. The prophet Muhammd (upon whom be peace and blessings) said: “He is not one of us who does not show mercy to our young ones and esteem to our elderly.”
Practical things you can do to help this winter:
* Support the Age UK ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign.
* Keep checking on your neighbours, particularly the elderly and vulnerable – offer to do their shopping for them if need be.
* Give out food (especially hot food) or invite your neighbours to your house.
* Come together and contact your local council for materials (snow shovels, grit) and help clear the snow if and when it arrives.