By Ayisha Karim
During these challenging times, there have been many concerns about how this is all going to work. Who would have thought we would be able to work from home for so long? Who would have thought we would be weeks into isolation? Although it has been challenging for many, be it working parents with their children at home, to the elderly not being able to get their essential items, or to the limited amount of loo-roll available (don't get me started), it has been difficult.
However, I do not want to dwell on the difficulties but rather want to focus on the fantastic work people have done in such a short amount of time. I came across a Birmingham-based Facebook group which has a few volunteers who asked people if they needed anything delivering in my area. It started off quite local but has grown and the group is now helping to support the elderly, vulnerable and NHS workers around the areas of Hall Green, Shirley, Solihull, and Dickens Heath. They have been able to help those who really need it by delivering essential items and food parcels when needed.
Who would have thought such services could be available in such a short amount of time? It's amazing to see groups like this bring the community together during a time where we are all isolated. I also received a card through the post from my neighbour, asking to contact them on their number if I needed anything from the grocery store.
Allah (swt) loves kindness and this is exactly what we can learn from others no matter what their religion.
These acts of kindness have reminded me that indeed, although there is a difficulty, it is also a time where we can choose how to react. Allah (swt) loves kindness and this is exactly what we can learn from others no matter what their religion. This has inspired me to want to do more! Even if it's just a video call to an elderly relative for 10 minutes - it can make the world of a difference to someone.
In this time of preparing for Ramadan to arrive - with a lot of sadness about not being able to go to tarawih this year - there is also a lot of happiness in the fact that our communities have never felt so together. I know this is not the same as everyone else's experience, and I know that there are some communities out there who do not have these volunteers or acts of kindness, but I just wanted to share something positive amongst the craziness around us.
Don't get me wrong, staying indoors, social distancing and isolating is enough to drive anyone up the wall - especially if it's not their own space. These small caring deeds have inspired me to do whatever I reasonably can - whether that be to ask anyone if they need anything whilst I am on my weekly shop or to signpost people to services that could help them.
There has never been a better time to try and concentrate on good deeds from our own homes. For example, this could include spending money on our own families or friends, cooking for our household members or even greeting our elderly neighbours from our window. However small it may seem; nothing is missed from Allah (swt).
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