Leaders of hospices and Muslim communities came together for a landmark event last Saturday, 13 October 2012 to mark Hospice Care Week. Lord Howard of Lympne CH QC, Chairman of Help the Hospices, Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari MBE and Robin Knowles CBE QC,together with Help For Hospices, celebrated and raised awareness of hospice care across the Muslim community.
Lord Howard said, “Hospices make a vital contribution to supporting people at the end of life and their families, helping 360,000 people each year to live well by providing care that is dignified and personal. We are hugely excited to be working with the London Muslim Centre to celebrate the work already being done by many local hospices in partnership with community and faith groups.”
Shaykh Abdul Qayum, Chief Imam of the East London Mosque, said, “We have been working hard to raise awareness of the work hospices do within our communities. Islam is built upon principles of care and hospitality towards others – this is the exact same as the work hospices do.”
Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari spoke about the ‘importance’ of engaging with hospices locally and nationally, to continue the good works. He also called on the Muslim community to be actively involved in supporting Hospices, whether that be through financial commitment or helping in kind through volunteering opportunities.