|Name of event||Uswaathun Hasanath Social Project 1|
|Date of event||22nd Dec 2016, Thursday|
|Time of event||9.30am-11.00am|
|Location of event||All Saint’s Home, 551 Yishun Ring Rd, Singapore 768681|
|Event coordinator||Ustaz Muhammad Azhar|
|Volunteers||A group of 2 secondary and 3 tertiary boys.|
|Objective||Raising awareness of daily struggles of their lifestyles and challenges with their families faced by elderly residents of the home.|
|Description of event||The group of boys assisted to push the elderly residents in their wheelchairs and provided support during their therapy. The boys encouraged and guided the residents to create cherry blossom artwork.|
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Uswaathun Hasanath Social Project 2
|Date of event||27th Dec 2016, Tuesday|
|Time of event||3pm-5am|
|Location of event||Jammiyah Home for the Aged, 1 Tampines Ave 3, Singapore 529707|
|Event coordinator||Ustaz Sulthan Harris|
|Volunteers||A group of 32 volunteers|
|Objective||Mingle and play games with elderly residents of the home.|
|Description of event||The group of boys set up carnival games and helped to serve refreshment for the residents during the tea break time at 4pm .|
Assalamu alaikum wr wb!
With the blessing and mercy bestowed by Allah(swt), these 2 events begin with the meaningful intention of enlivening beautiful sunnah of Prophet(saw). The Prophet (saw) said, “He is not of us who does not have mercy on young children, nor honor the elderly” (Al-Tirmidhi).
SubhanaAllah, the word honor reflects such a wise example of Islamic etiquette on starting with a token of respect to the old. Thus the young should take the initiative toward the aged in greeting and also helping, showing kindness, visiting, advising, The Prophet (saw) advises the young of the Muslim society, who will be tomorrow’s elderly, to honor the elderly. Continuous application of this Prophetic advice helps bridge the gap between generations and spreads an atmosphere of love and understanding between the young and the old.
Consider here also the generalization in the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) words: “If a young man honors an elderly; “the hadith requires honoring the elderly regardless of their color or religion.
Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “It is out of reverence to Allah to respect the white-headed (aged) Muslim.” (Abu Dawud)
In the hadith above, Islam considered respecting the elderly a way to show reverence for the Almighty. He (peace and blessings be upon him) linked reverence for the Creator and His creatures with veneration of the All-Powerful and the weak elderly. In addition, the hadith also implies all kinds of respect and care for the elderly, be it providing health care, psychological care, social care, economic care, and other forms of care that our local community calls for today.
Such care for the elderly is in line with the Islamic etiquette and we, Indian Muslims will strive to enliven the sunnah with spirit of compassion and mercy for the elderly people in our local community.
In Shaa Allah, May Allah (swt) shower his blessings on every subsequent projects… Aameen.