For many, their relationship with cultural heritage shifts and changes over time. For others, they feel a constant and strong connection to their cultural heritage. The question is, what is it about cultural heritage that draws people to it? When people feel distant, why are they drawn back?
As the moon of Muharram appears in the skies, we are reminded of the important sacrifices made by Imam Husayn (as), his family and his companions on the land of Karbala some 1,400 years ago as they stood to defend truth and justice for all of humanity. Ali Asghar (as) was the youngest martyr in Karbala who was denied even a drop of water before leaving this world. In the spirit, of keeping the message of Imam Husayn (AS) and the martyrs of Karbala alive, The World Federation is launching the MUHARRAM 1437 APPEAL: ALI ASGHAR WATER APPEAL to build 40 water wells in 40 days in the deprived areas of Kenya and Syria.
THE WATER CRISIS IN RURAL KENYA
According to the United Nations, Kenya’s population is one of the most struggling populations in the world. With over 36 million people living there, water scarcity has been an issue for decades where natural water resources fail to provide an equitable delivery of water to the various regions of the country. This leaves most of the population without any fresh water. As a result, women and children spend up to one-third of their day travelling up to 10 kilometers fetching water in the hot sun from the nearest fresh water source. This is backbreaking work which leaves roughly half of the country's inhabitants vulnerable to serious health and security dangers.
THE WATER SITUATION IN REFUGEE CAMPS IN SYRIA
An estimated 460,000 Palestine refugees in Syria need urgent access to clean water. Currently, there is an increased incidence of communicable disease, bacterial infections and other water related conditions throughout the Palestine refugee community in Syria. In August 2015, credible reports of cases of typhoid in and around the area of Yarmouk were reported; Yarmouk has been living under siege-like conditions since December 2012 where water and sanitation infrastructure have been severely damaged, and access to food and basic healthcare is close to inexistent.
ABOUT THE APPEAL
The ALI ASGHAR WATER APPEAL - 40 WATER WELLS IN 40 DAYS is a 40-day campaign to raise funds to build 40 water wells in Kenya and Syria. These wells will provide families with access to clean water for a healthier and improved quality of life.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
As we come together in these days and nights to remember the sacrifices of Imam Husayn (AS) and the martyrs of Karbala, The World Federation of KSIMC is calling upon the support of all Islamic Centres, schools and community members from around the world to help build 40 water wells by:
During these nights of mourning, let us remember each other in our supplications, especially those who are struggling with hardships across different regions around the world.
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The World Federation president, Dr Asgar Moledina, was given the opportunity to visit Iraq for Arbaeen in November.
A number of books and papers have been written on wudu’ in its practical and spiritual aspects. This particular work is different in that it tried to understand the deeper secrets of wudu’ through some of the recommended supplications of Imam Ali(a).