“It has been a good time to reflect on what we can do for our families and for the community”

“Our idea [as part of our UpRising social action campaign] is to create face masks using reusable materials. The idea behind this is to improve sustainability within Luton. But as you can imagine, this pandemic has changed everything… including the campaign and we have also had to alter the project to be “COVID friendly” shall I say. We recognised there is a shortage of PPE equipment like masks. As a group we want to protect our community and provide support during COVID 19.

What has inspired me during this time is Islamic advice:

 “A Muslim shall never leave another human helpless in the time of need!”

Prophet Muhammad (saw). [sallallahu alayhi wa sallam; peace and blesings of Allah be upon him]

It has been a good time to reflect on what we can do for our families and for the community to be a better person and help those in need. We wanted to start our action campaign during this difficult time, because we want to support people and do what we can from our home during the lockdown. Yet still be beneficial for our community.

I believe we should live in a harmonious society where we can show love, support and respect for another, which is something that is more than ever needed during this pandemic.”

Runi, 21

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