For many years now, the one thing that even the most virulent of Islamophobes have not been able to deny is the sacred approach to the older ones of our communities, something which is enshrined in Islam, and also the wider Asian immigrant population (as of course within many other good people from all backgrounds).
Yet for this virtuous characteristic to exist amongst us and even be practised amongst us with our own older generations is simply not enough from a sincere Muslim. The same reason that we are so respectful, caring and concerned about older people is the same reason that obligates us to spread this teaching and help others from our wider communities who might be in need, due to a lack of compassion, or ignorance or simply being consumed by the heedlessness that a materialistic lifestyle surrounding them often forces its victims in to.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “He is not one of us, who does not show mercy to our young ones and does not respect our older ones.” (Tirmidhī, hasan) Respecting our older ones doesn’t just mean our own parents but extends to helping and respecting all those who are in need.
I’d like to bring your attention to the excellent work of one of the UK’s best charities – Age UK – and their attempt to try and stave off a major crisis in our country’s struggle to give our older people the respect and care they deserve. You might not even be aware that there is such a problem out there but unfortunately I can guarantee that not only will you soon become aware of this but the situation will be getting far worse.
Here at 1st Ethical, we are committed to partner with Age UK and all those who will help to actualise those ideals that we all share and wish to see in practice, specifically the best care and respect that we can achieve for our older citizens.
We shall soon be launching a number of toolkits to accompany our new guide to help us all achieve these objectives, but in the meantime I would like to request you all to share and sign the urgent petition below which in the immediate sense demands the government to protect the life-savings of our older ones in their search of care, that all those who need care receive it as well as the respect that they deserve and last but not least that the government puts in place measures that allow for people to plan and prepare in advance for old age resulting in ease for all.
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