From the day we are born, our parents and elders are there to actively help and support us become the adults that we have flourished into today. Whether this support comes from our parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles or family friends; these are all people who have had an influence in our upbringing, shaping our futures in the process.
Many of us forget that while we are growing up and making progress with our personal goals and ambitions, those who helped shape our lives - who made an impact and had an effect on where we stand today - are slowly growing older, and less able to support themselves without a little help. Despite this, even as they are ageing, they are helping us with our transition from childhood to adulthood.
A Helping Hand
It is a sad fact that many of our elders are left to fend for themselves when their families move away and their closest friends pass away. They can often end up frail with nobody to look after them or check on them regularly, let alone ensure they have sufficient health care.
Some may have lost all of their loved ones and some may not have anyone close by at all. Some may have been abandoned or have made the choice to live alone in a fierce bid to retain their independence.
Regardless of who they are - whether they are related to us or not, and whatever the 'whys' and 'hows' of their situation are; as the younger generation, it is our duty to take care of our elders. Are you ready for this call of duty?
Care for your Elders
The elderly population is rapidly growing by the day and many of our seniors face many physical and emotional challenges in their day to day lives.
This can include social isolation (which can inadvertently lead to depression and other mental health issues), physical hindrances such as reduced mobility, general poor health and illness due to a lack of nutrition (can they get out and about to the shops by themselves?), an increased lack of confidence in living life alone and many more besides. Unfortunately, this is a sad fact of life for many of the elderly population.
In the vast majority of cultures worldwide, we are taught to honour and respect our elders. It is narrated by our Holy Prophet PBUH that ‘should one honour the elderly purely on account of his age, Allah SWT will appoint him someone to honour him in his old age’.
Forget out of sight, out of mind this year. Open your eyes and see what is right in front of you – right there in your community. Many isolated elders and senior citizens will be suffering this winter. If you are struggling to pay for your heating bills, spare a thought for the elderly trying to cope with rising utility bills with minimal to no income.
Getting out and about becomes infinitely harder when there is ice and snow on the roads and streets; do you know any elderly people that could do with a helping hand? Spare a thought for those that are alone and vulnerable this year, and offer a helping hand.
Let’s join together and help those more vulnerable than us this winter. As the younger generation, it is our duty to help those who inspired us to be where we are today. Help your elderly and vulnerable citizens when they need it most this year. Whether you can offer help to those that you know or would prefer to donate to our campaign, you can help serve humanity today with Muslim Aid.