LONDON – The council of London Borough of Tower Hamlets has launched a new campaign to encourage British Muslims to foster Muslim kids who were abandoned by their families.
“As a council we want to make sure that every child is given the best possible start in life,” Lutfur Rahman, Tower Hamlets Mayor, told Hackney Gazette on Monday, January 6.
“Sometimes this means a child needs to be found a new home and I want to make sure there are enough loving homes available to these children,” he added.
Abused and abandoned by their families, hundreds of UK Muslim children have been awaiting to be adopted by alternative loving families.
Aiming to end children's suffering, the Tower Hamlets Council has launched the adoption campaign to encourage more Muslims to foster those kids.
The advertisement of the campaign, backed by Tower Hamlets’ Islamic institutions and prominent figures, would be aired by Bengali TV channels.
The TV advert depicts the loneliness of a Muslim couple who don't have children and how they became satisfied after adopting a daughter.
The advertisement highlights the positive shift in the parent's and the children lives after the adoption.
In Islam, Muslim parents are urged to treat children with respect and to nurture, love and educate them.
Islam gives children many rights and is concerned with their spiritual, physical, and emotional well being.
Muslims are ordered to offer children physical needs, such as food, drink and sleep as well as taking care of their children’s emotional and spiritual needs.
Islam also endorses fostering orphan kids, allowing Muslims to a boy or a girl and takes care of him or her as a real father or mother would do to their child, while keeping in mind that the child should be named after his/her biological parents.
Yet, Islam makes it impermissible to adopt a child and name him after his adoptive parents, while denying his real parents.
The adoption campaign targets Muslim fostering families in Tower Hamlets and beyond.
“I urge people from the Muslim community who are interested to contact our adoption team to find out more,” Lutfur Rahman said.
Along with Muslim prominent figures, a leading adopting organization is supporting the campaign.
“Mosque Committee members and Imams will inform all worshippers about the issue of Muslim looked-after children,” said Hafiz Mowlana Shamsul Hoque, the chair of Council of Mosques for Tower Hamlets
“And ask the Muslim community to come forward to work together with Tower Hamlets Council to find a solution.”
Britain is home to a sizable Muslim minority of nearly 2.7 million.
In July 2012, a report by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex found that Muslims are the most likely of all groups to be identified with the concept of ‘Britishness.’
In 2011, think tank Demo found that Muslims in the United Kingdom are more patriotic than the rest of population.
Responding to the statement “I am proud to be a British citizen”, 83% of Muslims said they are proud of being British.
The percentage came higher than average across the population which scored only 79%.
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