The aged in our society are often overlooked and their valuable contributions have been long forgotten. A group of Muslimahs called ‘The Helpers‘ aim to keep the spirit of the elderly aflame by visiting old age homes (and other locations), offering their services and time wherever needed.
On 2 November 2017, The Helpers, who are from the greater Sandton area, paid a visit to Weiners Old Age Home in Alexandra, Johannesburg, where they sought out to uplift these senior citizens and spread a message of love, compassion and remembrance. The ladies held a tea party for the +100 occupants, and provided delicious snacks and drinks.
The Helpers find that it’s beneficial for Muslims to go out and assist the underprivileged, not only as a way to illustrate the beauty and kindness Islam propagates, but also to bring communities together. People from different cultures and backgrounds can bond over a cup of tea, share interesting life stories and learn about each other’s customs and traditions. Our older citizens have a wealth of knowledge to share and it’s important for us to try and assimilate as much of it as we can.
Sheikh Salama also accompanied The Helpers to the home, where he extended an invitation to Islam and assisted all those interested in reverting. Inspired by his phenomenal words, a few of the caretakers and elderly residents decided to accept Islam at the end of the visit.
A little love, time and affection goes a long way. Boosting the morale of our retirees and allowing them to feel like they’re still an important part of our communities is a gift of incalculable worth.
For more information about The Helpers and Dawah Forum, please contact Hafiz Fareed on 083 564 7929 or email firstname.lastname@example.org