Dementia, which mainly affects older people over the age of 65, results from brain disease.
It “is characterized by a progressive, global deterioration in intellectual abilities, including memory, learning, orientation, language, comprehension, and judgment.” Alzheimer’s, the most common cause, is progressive and fatal.
The Qur’an specifically mentions this progressive deterioration in intellectual abilities:
“It is Allah who creates you and takes your souls at death; and of you there are some who are sent back to a feeble age, so that they know nothing after having known (much): for Allah is All-Knowing, All-Powerful.” (16:70)
A Luton mosque has opened its doors to host an event to reach communities facing the risk of dementia, hoping to help people understand more about dementia and care for the loved ones with the condition.
The organizers of the Bury Park Mosque event were Alzheimer’s Society, together with Active Luton, and Total Wellbeing Services, Luton Today reported.
“People from South Asian communities are at a higher risk of other illnesses like heart disease, stroke and diabetes, which all increase the risk of dementia,” Louise Buckingham, Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support Worker in Luton, said.
“Stigma and taboo surrounding the condition, seem to be the biggest barriers in people seeking a diagnosis, delaying access to professional support and care that can help to avoid reaching crisis.
“Alzheimer’s Society provides help and hope. We will be looking to do something like this again and will not rest until people with dementia and their carers live more fulfilled and less fearful lives, free from stigma and inequality.”