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Land of Sayyiduna Bilal (RA)

Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan facing Famine

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gra­cious, the Most Mer­ci­ful.

As-salā­mu ‘alaykum wa-rah­mat­ul­lāhi wa-barakā­tuh (Peace, Bless­ings & Mer­cy of Allah be upon You).

This state­ment is being issued on the 18th of March 2017 and super­sedes all pre­vi­ous state­ments on the sub­ject.

Sayyiduna Bilal (RA) was the caller of Prayer for Prophet Muham­mad (Peace be upon Him) but today the chil­dren of his land are call­ing for your help. His foot­steps were heard in par­adise, today your foot­steps can reach par­adise if you answer the call of his land.


Sayyiduna Abu Huraira (RA) report­ed that Allah’s Mes­sen­ger (Peace be upon Him) said to Bilal: “Bilal, tell me which act you did at the time of the morn­ing prayer for which you hope to receive good reward, for I heard dur­ing the night the sound of your foot­steps before me in Par­adise?” Bilal (RA) replied: “I did not do any act in Islam for which I hope to get any ben­e­fit, but this, that when I per­form com­plete ablu­tion dur­ing the night or day I observe prayer with that purifi­ca­tion, what Allah has ordained for me to pray.” [Sahih Mus­lim]

Food Security Situation September 2011 (c) Fewsnet

Famine in East Africa: 5.5 million children in danger

East Africa is cur­rent­ly suf­fer­ing from a drought, war, and lack of food. More than 880,000 chil­dren are severe­ly mal­nour­ished and des­per­ate­ly need life-sav­ing sup­plies. With­out this help, one in five of the­se chil­dren could die.The bur­den of the food cri­sis has proven to be affect­ing the chil­dren espe­cial­ly hard.

What is a Famine?

When a famine is declared, it is esti­mat­ed that four chil­dren out of every 10,000 die every day because of a lack of food. Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where more than 270,000 chil­dren are already suf­fer­ing from sev­ere mal­nu­tri­tion, and Soma­lia is also on the brink of famine. We must act now to save as many lives as pos­si­ble.

Chil­dren in Ethiopia, Kenya and Ugan­da are also fac­ing sev­ere food short­ages, with more than 3 mil­lion chil­dren strug­gling to sur­vive. With­out enough food and clean water, children’s lives are in extreme dan­ger – we need your help.

Why is Somalia worst hit?

After 20 years of civil war Soma­lia is one of the poorest and most dan­ger­ous coun­tries in the world. One in five chil­dren die before their 5th birth­day.

What can you do spiritually?

As Mus­lims, our first reac­tion in any sit­u­a­tion should be to reflect upon our actions and to turn to Allah Ta’ala to beseech Him for his assis­tance and help. We urge all Mus­lims in Britain to make sin­cere Dua for the peo­ple in East Africa.

We also ask you to encour­age your friends, fam­i­ly, and com­mu­ni­ty to turn to Allah Ta’ala.

Give Sadaqah in addi­tion to your Duas to invite the Mer­cy of Allah Ta’ala.

Change your life for the bet­ter and do your best to come closer to Allah Ta’ala by ful­fill­ing His com­mand­ments and fol­low­ing the Sun­nah of Prophet Muham­mad (Peace be upon Him).

What can you do financially?

There are sev­er­al Mus­lim char­i­ties which are engaged in relief effort in East Africa and you can choose to con­tribute to the char­i­ty of your choice. Here are two exam­ples:

  1. Al-Imdaad Foun­da­tion: Al-Imdaad were also fea­tured in Soma­lia Media. Their cam­paign is called “The Lands of Bilaal (RA)”.
  2. Ummah Wel­fare Trust: Their cam­paign is called “Africa Drought Appeal”

What can you do politically?

Engage Nicola Sturgeon (First Minister of Scotland)

Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has pledged to donate £200,000 to East Africa. Send a note of grat­i­tude to Nico­la Stur­geon (First Min­is­ter of Scot­land)

  1. Write a let­ter, (see sam­ple text below)
  2. Email to [email protected]

Dear Nico­la Stur­geon (First Min­is­ter of Scot­land),

I am writ­ing to you because I appre­ci­ate your efforts in rais­ing aware­ness about the plight of East Africans, and also your pledge of £200,000 which will help to improve so many lives.

I am gen­uine­ly touched by the warmth and gen­eros­i­ty of the Scot­tish peo­ple. How­ev­er, as you are well aware, there is a lot more that needs to be done to ensure that no more lives are lost.

I urge you to press the British Gov­ern­ment to do more for East Africa. This des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion calls not for rhetoric but tan­gi­ble help.

I have trust in the warmth and gen­eros­i­ty of the British peo­ple who have always come for­ward to assist those in need around the world. I am proud of this coun­try and its glo­ri­ous tra­di­tion of help­ing oth­ers.

I urge you to con­tin­ue to press for this issue in Par­lia­ment. Also, I express my wish for you to con­vey my posi­tion to ALL mem­bers of Par­lia­ment. Fur­ther­more, I wish that you con­vey my posi­tion to the For­eign Sec­re­tary, the Rt. Hon Boris John­son MP and to our Hon­ourable Prime Min­is­ter There­sa May.

Your help and coop­er­a­tion in this mat­ter will be great­ly appre­ci­at­ed. If you have any fur­ther ques­tions please feel free to con­tact me.

Thank You,

Yours sin­cere­ly,

Your Name

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I am writ­ing to you as a human­i­tar­i­an who is deeply con­cerned by the famine in East Africa and its impact on the chil­dren, who are dying in their droves due to hunger and mal­nu­tri­tion.

You may be aware of the pledge made by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to donate £200,000. I believe that they should be com­mend­ed for their efforts, and that the British Gov­ern­ment should emu­late this exam­ple and provide more aid for those in des­per­ate need.

I urge you to press the British Gov­ern­ment to do more for East Africa. Not just words but actu­al and tan­gi­ble help to those who are the worst affect­ed by this famine.

I have trust in the warmth and gen­eros­i­ty of the British peo­ple who always come for­ward and assist those in need around the world. I am proud of this coun­try and proud of its glo­ri­ous tra­di­tion of help­ing oth­ers.

I urge you to con­tin­ue to press for this issue in Par­lia­ment. Also, I express my wish for you to con­vey my posi­tion to ALL mem­bers of Par­lia­ment. Fur­ther­more, I wish that you con­vey my posi­tion to the For­eign Sec­re­tary, the Rt. Hon Boris John­son MP and to our Hon­ourable Prime Min­is­ter There­sa May.

Your help and coop­er­a­tion in this mat­ter will be great­ly appre­ci­at­ed. If you have any fur­ther ques­tions please feel free to con­tact me.

Thank You,

Yours sin­cere­ly

Your Name

Engage Rt. Hon Boris Johnson MP

Dear  Rt. Hon Boris John­son,

I am writ­ing to you as a human­i­tar­i­an who is deeply con­cerned by the famine in East Africa and its impact on the chil­dren, who are dying in their droves due to hunger and mal­nu­tri­tion.

You may be aware of the pledge made by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to donate £200,000. I believe that they should be com­mend­ed for their efforts, and that the British Gov­ern­ment should emu­late this exam­ple and provide more aid for those in des­per­ate need.

I urge you to press the British Gov­ern­ment to do more for East Africa. Not just words but actu­al and tan­gi­ble help to those who are the worst affect­ed by this famine.

I have trust in the warmth and gen­eros­i­ty of the British peo­ple who always come for­ward and assist those in need around the world. I am proud of this coun­try and proud of its glo­ri­ous tra­di­tion of help­ing oth­ers.

I urge you to con­tin­ue to press for this issue in Par­lia­ment. Also, I express my wish for you to con­vey my posi­tion to ALL mem­bers of Par­lia­ment. Fur­ther­more, I wish that you con­vey my posi­tion to the to our Hon­ourable Prime Min­is­ter There­sa May.

Your help and coop­er­a­tion in this mat­ter will be great­ly appre­ci­at­ed. If you have any fur­ther ques­tions please feel free to con­tact me.

Thank You,

Yours sin­cere­ly,

Your Name

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  • Wednesday, 24th of May 2017
  • 27th Of Sha'ban 1438

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