Together, in #30DaysOfKindess, we can support the most vulnerable and needy refugee families this winter

With winter cold and storms get harsher, our thoughts go to those vulnerable families facing many risks amid extreme poverty.

#30DaysOfKindess initiative, launched by Al Azhar’s Islamic Research Academy in and UNHCR, aims to reach over 3.8 million refugee and internally displaced who are in dire need for help in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt.

This initiative targets supporting those families and their children during 30 days through four main themes: Shelter, food, winter clothes, and livelihoods.

While many of us are basking in the warmth of our home, let’s choose kindness to help those people who are struggling to secure their basic living needs. And today, we encourage you to join and contribute to this initiative by sharing the daily messages with your family and friends, so we can together raise the refugee voices and their stories of struggle to the world, especially in this winter.

It was narrated on the authority of Ibn Omar that a man came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said: O Messenger of Allah, which people are most beloved to Allah? What actions are most beloved to Allah? The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him): “The most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to others. And most beloved deed to Allah is to make a Muslim happy, or to remove one of his troubles, or to forgive his debt, or to feed his hunger. To walk with a brother regarding a need is more beloved to me than secluding myself in this mosque (the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina for a month). Whoever swallows his anger, then Allah will conceal his faults. And whoever suppresses his rage, even though he could fulfill his anger if he wished, then Allah will secure his heart on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever walks with his brother regarding a need until he secures it for him, Allah Almighty will make his footing firm across the bridge on the Day when the footings are shaken”.

Message One

December 30, 2020

Take a minute and think about those around you, and you will find many refugee and internally displaced families and families in need who live among us, to whose condition or challenges we may not be aware of. If you know of one of these families, then take it upon…

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Message Two

December 31, 2020

Many refugee and internally displaced families and families in need live in makeshift shelter made of tin, wood or plastic sheets, and some of them may need simple materials to fill a gap or a hole that causes cold air or rainwater to enter their homes, turning their lives into…

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Message Three

January 1, 2021

In urban areas, many refugee and internally displaced families and families in need share accommodations, or live in unused public buildings, community centers, slums, or informal settlements, and conditions of the shelter are often substandard. Look at them with mercy and summon humanity within you. Consult with your neighbors and…

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Message Four

January 2, 2021

You may have a house whose doors and windows are closed and fortified with its cover and at the same time you cannot resist the winter cold, in this case remember that there are many refugee and internally displaced and needy families who live in random camps made of tin,…

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Message Five

January 3, 2021

Many refugee and internally displaced families and families in need live in overcrowded housing, which increases their chance of being exposed to COVID-19 if one of the family members is sick. You have an important role to help with the support of your neighborhood in securing a separate room equipped…

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Message Six

January 4, 2021

Many refugees and internally displaced families and families in need do not own their own housing. Therefore, they rent simple homes in order to be able to secure a decent living for their members. Many of these families go through unparalleled financial hardship, especially due to the economic consequences of…

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Message Seven

January 5, 2021

You may know people in need including refugees and internally displaced persons who need housing that would shelter them and protect their young and the elderly, but you cannot support them. Did you know that you could be considered as a supporter, if you just look among your loved ones…

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Message Eight

January 7, 2021

Did you know that many refugees and families in need are threatened by food insecurity? Did you ever think about a person to whom and to whose family food is a matter of life and death? The lack of food, in many cases, can force them to adopt coping mechanisms…

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Message nine

January 8, 2021

Many refugees and families in need live under the poverty line, and thus may resort to reducing the number of daily meals for family members, including children. When preparing lunch or dinner for your family today, if you can, prepare a bit more food to share with some of these…

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Message Ten

January 9, 2021

Many refugees, after fleeing violence and persecution, settle in informal settlements or urban areas, where they depend on emergency food aid that keeps them alive and helps them recover and regain stability in their lives. You too can help them cover some of their food staples from your own pantry.…

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Message Eleven

January 10, 2021

During winter and through the bitter cold, the needs of refugees and families in need increase day by day. The coronavirus pandemic has magnified people’s suffering and left many unemployed, leading to a loss in income and an increase in poverty. You can provide financial help to these families, to…

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Message Twelve

January 11, 2021

An invitation to show solidarity with those in need, especially in these difficult times, brings blessing and reward to those who give, and rest and fulfilment for those who receive. Solidarity is not limited to providing financial or in-kind assistance, but also extends to simple human gestures that bring happiness…

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Message Thirteen

January 12, 2021

Many refugees, internally displaced persons and people in need struggle constantly and daily to provide food and sustenance for their families and children. You might be unable to provide them with the necessary help, but you can always check up on them and ask them what they need, and in…

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Message Fourteen

January 13, 2021

In light of food insecurity faced by many refugees and families in need, which affects their ability to secure meals for themselves on a regular and sufficient basis & protect themselves from malnutrition, especially during the winter season, the solution may lie in a continuing charity that you can contribute…

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Message Fifteen

January 15, 2021

Now you are aware of what refugees and families in need require in terms of food and nutrition. If you are still unable to provide them with some of these necessities, you can inform people around you of their situation, including through social media, and convey to them the methods…

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Message Sixteen

January 15, 2021

During the winter season, many refugees and families in need suffer from little or no heating and lack adequate winter clothing and blankets to protect them from the bitter cold. Have you ever thought about what these people feel when they find themselves unable to protect themselves and their children…

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Message Seventeen

January 16, 2021

Many refugees and people in need depend almost completely on aid, including winter clothing, blankets and heating, to protect themselves from the cold during winter months. You can directly contribute to helping them by allocating some clothes and blankets to the needy in your neighborhood. Make sure they are in…

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Message Eighteen

January 17, 2021

In wanting to serve refugees and families in need during winter, have you thought to call clothing and blankets stores, as well as major factories and warehouses, to urge them to help provide winter clothing to those who need it most? They may have what you can collect to donate…

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Message Nineteen

January 18, 2021

The needs of refugees and families in need increase day after day during the winter season, especially in terms of winter clothes and thick blankets. You can, with help from your relatives, friends or acquaintances, sow some clothes or blankets to ward off the freezing cold from those in need…

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Message Twenty

January 19, 2021

Solidarity and fraternity are two values that make us human. Take the initiative, along with your friends and your neighbors, and install if possible, donation boxes in your neighborhood, through which passerby's can donate clothes and blankets that they do not need. You can place a sign indicating that that…

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Message Twenty One

January 20, 2021

Given the suffering of many refugees and people in need during the winter season, and their lack of access to sufficient winter clothing and blankets, you can, with a group of friends and relatives, help charities in collecting aid from people around you who have items they can donate and…

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Message Twenty Two

January 22, 2021

Many refugees and families in need, do not have the necessary means to buy blankets and clothes that would protect them from the cold during the winter season. If you have the financial ability to do so, donate an amount of money to a family in need in your neighborhood,…

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Message Twenty Three

January 22, 2021

You now know what refugees and families in need require, in terms of winter clothing, to protect themselves from the cold during winter. If you are not able to provide them with some of these items, then you can inform people around you of their suffering and of their urgent…

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Message Twenty Four

January 23, 2021

Many refugees and families in need live below the poverty line, which makes them suffer even more during the winter season. The coronavirus pandemic has added to their suffering, and for many of these families, this had lead to a loss of resources, due to unemployment and to the slowing…

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Message Twenty Five

January 24, 2021

Many refugees and people in need have skills that allow them to earn a livelihood that protects them from some of the hardships they are going through, especially during the winter season. You can ask refugees and people in need in your neighborhood about their areas of competence, and employ…

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Message Twenty Six

January 25, 2021

Many refugees and people in need manufacture products and grow crops, often as their primary source of income. You can buy what they make or grow, and promote their goods to your acquaintances, thus giving them hope and confidence in integrating with their society and entering the economic cycle with…

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Message Twenty Seven

January 26, 2021

Many refugees and people in need have skills and competencies that they cannot benefit from or earn a living through due to a lack of funds to start a small business. You can help them by providing them with an interest-free loan that enables them to launch their business. You…

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Message Twenty Eight

January 27, 2021

Refugees and people in need, those with professions and skills, need tools that enable them to start or continue their commercial activities. Take the initiative to donate your carpentry, farming, sewing, or similar tools to those who need them, and urge those around you to do the same. You can…

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Message Twenty Nine

January 28, 2021

Solidarity with refugees and those in need is not limited to material and in-kind assistance. A simple smile can connect hearts and allow them to feel sympathy and support from the community. Ask a refugee or a person in need about the skills they would like to learn and through…

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Message Thirty

January 29, 2021

You or your friends may have a small business that you were blessed with. Perhaps you could employ a refugee or a person in need in your neighborhood. This will enable you to add a new skill to your team and help an entire family to meet their needs. The…

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Message Thirty One

January 30, 2021

Now you can tell everyone around you what refugees and those in need require to enable them to use their skills to earn a livelihood and build a better life for themselves and their children. Introduce people to these means of helping and bring hope to those in need. The…

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