Faith leaders are urging their communities to lend a hand during the bushfire season.
By Nick Baker
Muslim and Jewish communities have come together, to offer assistance and prayers to bushfire victims around NSW and Queensland.
On Thursday, the Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) posted a video on its social media channels calling Muslims to action.
“The past week has been a catastrophic week for NSW and Queensland,” ANIC public relations officer Imam Ibrahim Dadoun says in the video.
“We urge the Muslim community to get behind the humanitarian organisations who are helping the bushfire victims.”
“We also urge mosques and Islamic centres to hold the Islamic ritual prayer [Al-Istisqaa] ‘seeking rain’ from Allah to ease the situation of those who are suffering.”
The money raised in the GoFundMe appeal, set up by CEO of the organisation Vic Alhadeff, will “be distributed on advice from the NSW premier’s office”.
“I donated because I am Australian. My life has been blessed whilst all around Australia people like me lose everything they possess from fire and drought. It is the least I can do,” one donor wrote.
Another said, “[I] so admire those volunteers and mourn with the folk who have lost so much”.
As of Friday afternoon, there were more than 60 fires burning across NSW with 32 uncontained. Four people have so far died in the fires with more than 250 homes destroyed. And in Queensland, more than 60 fires continue to burn across the state on Friday afternoon, where 16 homes have already been lost to the flames.