GAZA IS IN TURMOIL – THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES HAVE BEEN FORCED TO FLEE THEIR HOMES AND COMMUNITIES, WITH MANY MORE STRUGGLING FOR EVEN THE MOST BASIC ESSENTIALS.
According to the UN, at least 3,695 homes have been completely destroyed, with another 4,235 damaged and in need of repair. In addition, 133 schools and 22 health centres, as well as stadiums, playgrounds, mosques, roads, phone towers, communications centres, government buildings, power and water supplies have been destroyed.
UK Islamic Mission is actively working to repair and rebuild, improving the infrastructure as much as we possibly can. Whether it is rebuilding homes, repairing water treatment plants or building new health facilities, our team is constantly working to address the situation.
Rebuilding mosques is another one of the goals we wish to achieve. Not only does a mosque offer a clean and comfortable space in which to perform prayers, but it is also the heart of the local Muslim community.
With the generous support of our donors, we have rebuilt three mosques in Gaza since 2014 – the Masjid Al Noor, Masjid Omer Farooq, and Masjid Bilal bin Raba. In total, these three mosques are serving more than 2,000 local families.
Brothers and sisters, it goes without saying that your generosity in this cause will bring infinite reward. A mosque is a sacred place where communion for Muslims is obligatory five times a day, and as such, we are ordered to raise and visit it in Surah Noor of Quran:
[Such niches are] in mosques which Allah has ordered to be raised and that His name be mentioned therein; exalting Him within them in the morning and the evenings. - 24:36