Ibrahim Mogra on Asylum Seekers

In the recent political wrangling about our immigration policies and border controls I sensed the danger of genuine and legitimate asylum seekers and immigrants being neglected and treated badly. The reality is that they are now in our country and whilst they are here they are our neighbours and we have a duty to care for all our neighbours including them.

Jesus (peace be upon him) said, “Love thy neighbour.”

Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Your neighbour has a right over you. Help him if he asks for help. Lend to him if he needs a loan. Show him concern if he is distressed. Nurse him when ill. Attend his funeral if he dies. Congratulate him if he meets any good. Sympathise with him if any calamity befalls him. Do not block his air by raising your building high without his permission. Do not harass him. Give him a share when you buy fruits, and if you do not give to him, bring what you buy quietly and do not let your children take them out to excite the jealousy of his children. Nobody can be a true believer if his neighbours pass the night hungry while he has his stomach full. Nobody can be a true believer unless his neighbours are safe from the harm of his tongue and hands.”

Dear God, strengthen our society with the bond of love, affection, good neighbourliness and care for humanity. Grant peace and security to all our genuine and legitimate asylum seekers and help us to care for them. Bring peace and security to their troubled lands so that they may be able to return to their loved ones and be united once again, amin.

24/11/11

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