Remembering Srebrenica – 25 Years On

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

It’s Tuesday, 7th July 2020. My chosen topic today is ‘Remembering Srebrenica – 25 Years On’.

Most of us will remember the atrocities that took place in Bosnia in the early 90s. Bosnian Muslims were attacked by Bosnian Serbs and their neighbours, Serbia, resulting in the martyrdom of thousands of Bosnians, mainly men. The worst genocide was committed in Srebrenica, where over 8,000 men were martyred إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ. To remember Srebrenica and keep the memories alive, a peace march takes place there every July. This year marks 25 years since the war ended.

We had met with some Bosnian families who had come to live in Blackburn, fleeing the war. They spoke very highly of their country. That was back in 1992. It was our heartfelt desire to visit this beautiful country one day. This dream became a reality in June 2018, when we spent 4 days in Bosnia.

Please watch this 3 minute video of pictures taken during our visit, and read this brief report, for further information.

We at the MWI have initiated a new project, our first of many in Bosnia اِنْ شَاءَ الَّلهُ. We intend to support 25 families of Srebrenica with £50 monthly, which comes to £600 annually. The total cost of the project is £15,000, for which Zakāt, Ṣadaqah and Lillāh donations are all acceptable. A humble request to all, to participate in this very noble project and support our brothers and sisters of Srebrenica. Donation methods are mentioned at the end of the video clip.

Almighty Allāh protect and safeguard the honour of the Muslims all over the globe and always keep all of us in His Protection, Āmeen.

جَزَاكَ اللَّهُ خَيْرًا
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وَالسَّلَامُ Hanif Dudhwala

(CEO, Muslim Welfare Institute, Blackburn, UK)