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Helping those in need: Practical tips from the MCB

mcb-refugee support

Thousands of refugees have been fleeing conflict with many dying as they seek refuge. We are all horrified by the shocking scenes of young children being washed up on the shores of Turkey and pray to Allah that the suffering of these people is alleviated as soon as possible.

Here are five things you can do to help those in need:

  • Volunteer

    (let us know of the work you are doing so we can share it with others and on our website):

    • Provide aid to convoys going to Calais / Hungary or volunteer: there are many aid organisations in need of food, aid and volunteers both locally and internationally. For example:*Convoy leaving Thursday 10th September – Drop off Days: Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th September, at the following:-Al-Ansar Islamic Education Centre: 833-835 High Rd, IG38TD – deliveries/drop offs can be made between 7:30pm-9pm
      -Simple Claims: 567-585 Barking Rd, Eastham, E6 2LW – deliveries/drop offs can be made between 10am -5:00pm
      -Redbridge-Islamic-Centre: 179 Eastern Avenue, Redbridge, Essex IG4 5AW – deliveries/drop offs can be made between 7pm -9pm
      -Uniksource: Unit 17a, Forest Trading Estate, Priestly Way, London, E17 6AL – deliveries/drop offs can be made between 12pm – 7pm.

      What you can provide: Ready to eat food items such as;  tinned food with peel tops i.e fish, tuna, sardines, long life milk, dates, biscuits, ready to eat snacks, energy bars, nuts, sweets/chocolates, sleeping bags, socks, shoes/trainers, raincoats.*SKT Welfare: convoy going on 18 September seeking specific items – https://www.facebook.com/SKTWelfareUK
      *A World Without Barriers: shoe box appeal – https://www.facebook.com/WorldWithoutBarriers

  1. Get Political

  • Lobby your Member of Parliament: this Wednesday, the issue of refugees will be debated. Write to your MP using https://www.writetothem.com/ and ask them to encourage the Government to take our fair share of refugees by offering support to those who need it most. And do not forget to write in and support those who have already advocated a more humanitarian stance.
  • Write to your local council: write to your local councillors (see https://www.writetothem.com/) and the Council leader (from the Council website) asking them to commit to resettling refugees in your local area. In your letter to them, you can highlight the fact that many other councils have signed up to the UN’s Gateway Programme, as well as indicate any support you are able to provide the Council
  • Sign the petitionhttps://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/105991
  1. Donate

    Your generosity is crucial. There are many Muslim charities raising money for refugees including:

  1. Join a vigil on Tuesday 8th September outside Westminster Cathedral at 7pm

    Visit http://www.refugee-action.org.uk/for more details and Avaaz too https://secure.avaaz.org/en/no_more_drownings_uk/?fpla. Feel free to organise local action to demonstrate support for refugees and let your local media know!

  1. Remind everyone that this is about our common humanity, not about politics or faith

This is an issue of our common humanity – we are not calling for open borders but open hearts.

How British Muslims are Helping: 

  • Muslim Council of Wales (umbrella of mosques in Wales): working with Citizens UK to put pressure on Cardiff Council to accept 50 Syrian families.
  • Muslim Forum of Middlesex (umbrella of 7 mosques/Muslim groups in Harrow): working with Harrow, Brent and Hillingdon Councils to accept Syrian families.
  • World Federation of KSIMC (international umbrella of mosques across the world inc. >10 in the UK): working with Yemeni refugees to bring them to the UK by providing legal, financial and potentially housing support – inc. critical medical patients, children and elderly (has already organised evacuation of 452 to Djibouti)
  • Da’watul Islam (national body with many mosques), Dar ul Ummah: actively working with Citizens UK to house refugees in the borough.
  • Kuwaiti Community Association (national body for Kuwaitis): long-term working to bring Kuwaiti refugees to the UK by supporting Kuwaitis (legal / financial).
  • Sufra Food Bank (local food bank in Brent): agreed to take charge of providing food and supplies for refugees brought into the borough by Brent Council.
  • Kingston Mosque: Mosque working with the council to house 50 refugees.
  • East London Mosque: Imam speaks to worshippers on the Syrian refugee crisis and asks everyone to do their bit – http://www.eastlondonmosque.org.uk/news/syrian-refugee-crisis

If you would like to list your initiative that is helping refugees, please email mediaoffice@mcb.org.uk with information, a web link and contact details.