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British Muslim groups rally together to boost flood relief efforts

Two-time world champion boxer Amir Khan put aside his boxing gloves to lend a helping hand

Nabila Pathan

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During the December floods that devastated parts of the UK, British-Muslim community groups have rallied together to help support affected communities.

Storm Desmond and Frank, which have struck the northern UK and Wales, have caused severe flooding to many homes, leaving many without power.

As the major clean-up operations continue, many Muslim charities, mosques and local organizations have been at the forefront of providing food supplies, distributing sandbags and organizing temporary shelters.

Two-time world champion boxer Amir Khan put aside his boxing gloves to lend a helping hand.

In conjunction with the Muslim international charity Penny Appeal, Khan came out on the streets of Carlisle to show moral support and hand-deliver food parcels and hot meals to the elderly and those isolated at home.

“It was heartbreaking to see just how the floods have destroyed people’s homes, including kitchens, living areas and even things like children’s toys,” he said.

Our friends from the mosque preparing and delivering food for the flood victims..They even delivered to a family in emergency accommodation

Posted by Baildon Shipley Flood Relief Group on Sunday, December 27, 2015

Syrian refugees in northern England also came to support the relief efforts. The heart-warming stories of community spirit have been widely celebrated on social media, with victims and local councillors tweeting and sharing on Facebook their appreciation of the relief efforts coordinated by Muslim groups.

Furqan Naeem, a campaigner with Friends of the Earth, explained the significance of celebrating the Muslim efforts: “In times of need, simple acts of kindness go a long way. It’s been heart-warming to see thousands of Muslims from charities, mosques and local organizations being at the forefront and helping people get back to normality.”

He added: “If there’s one positive to take from the floods, it’s that we’ve the seen the true embodiment of British values being showcased: compassion, mercy, kindness, hospitality etc.”

The Huffington Post published an article entitled “Muslims helping with UK flood response but Britain First and EDL [English Defence League] nowhere to be seen,” referring to far-right groups.