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COVID-19: Canadian Muslims Launch “Neighborhood Helper”

Islam puts a deep emphasis on an individual duty to help our neighbors.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Angel Jibril advised me continuously to take care of the neighbor till I thought that Allah is to make him an inheritor.”

At this difficult time of coronavirus, Canadian Muslims have launched the “Neighborhood Helper” campaign.

The group is offering to pick up groceries, fill out prescriptions and provide moral support to their neighbors, Ottawa Matters reported.

Canadians who require assistance are encouraged to call 1-855-HELP811 or sign up on www.helpingneighbours.com.

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“It’s very simple,” said Farhan Iqbal, a missionary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Canada. “You sign up with some details and we will reach out to you.”

“There are thousands of us across Canada, and even those who are in further away towns, we can send teams,” said Iqbal.

The campaign launched Tuesday evening and will run indefinitely as the group monitors the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Our teachings in the religion of Islam are that we should love humanity, and we should show that same kind of love for all of humanity, especially in these trying times as people are in need,” Iqbal added.

Pandemic Report

The coronavirus that started in Wuhan, China, late last year, has spread to at least 154 countries and killed thousands.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on March 11, the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has infected 490,253 and killed other 22,156, according to the latest estimates by WorldOMeter.