Refugees are not burdens, they are assets. The pandemic is our chance to reset Britain’s approach to migrants

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Having fled the war and torture of the Assad regime in Syria, I now call the UK home.


Feeding the poor and needy is an act that draws us closer to Allah. We earn His forgiveness, mercies and blessings through this act of charity.

“Anyone who looks after and works for a widow and a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah?s cause, or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all night. (Bukhari)

a group of people riding on the back of a boat© Provided by The Independent

Intolerance is a danger. It’s Hate Crime Awareness Week (10-17 October), so let us challenge the relentless anti-migrant narratives that are being viciously spread by the far-right.

They are targeting migrants and see those vulnerable people coming across in small boats and “ruining the British culture”. I urge you all to not believe any of this.

Refugees are not burdens, they are assets. Assets working as frontline staff during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Aside from culture, religion and race, we are all human and hatred is not the answer. Let the pandemic be a chance to reset our approach to refugees and foster a mutual respect for everyone in this country.

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