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Mohammad Fayyaz: If ever there was a time to help one another...

January 29, 2021 12:13 PM

If ever there was a time when the community needs to work together and we all need to help one another, this is it.

The last 12 months have been incredibly difficult for many people in Chesham and the surrounding villages. We know that there are those who are struggling and finding life difficult for various reasons, but it has been heartening to see how people have rallied round and supported each other.

Often this has been individual acts of kindness, but many groups and organisations have also been involved, and we at Chesham Mosque have been grateful for the opportunity to join in.

We are taught that there are Five Pillars of Islam: Shahada (Faith), Salah (Prayer), Zakat (Charity), Sawm (Fasting) and Hajj (Pilgrimage). Azakat means we have a duty to assist and support anyone who is in need in our community and to do so glady.

Mohammad Fayyaz

We must extend our hand in peace and friendship to help families and anyone in need during these tough times.

Food is one of the most basic needs that people have, which is why free school meals are provided for children of low-income families, so it was shameful that the government refused to help feed these children during the autumn half term holiday.

Chesham Mosque was pleased to be able to sponsor a packed lunch for any local child who needed it. Thankfully, following Marcus Rashford's campaign, the government has done a 'U-turn' and children will not in future be left without a meal when schools are closed.

Many families are still really struggling, though, as I can see at the Food Bank every week, so I was pleased that the Mosque Committee was able to make a special effort at Christmas.

It was able to put together a hamper to provide a festive lunch for any local family in need.

I hope that the vaccines help us to get control of the pandemic during 2021 and that life will become safer and easier for everyone, but even if it is, Zakat is for always.

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and joyful 2021!

Mohammad Fayyaz is Liberal Democrat town councillor for Asheridge Vale. This article appeared in the January/February 2021 issue of Your Chesham. The whole issue can be found here