Muslim Youth gift Hundreds of Roses to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Healthcare staff on Christmas Eve
By Batool Subeiti
BIRMINGHAM, UK – Birmingham Ahlulbayt Society (ABSoc) in a joint initiative with KSIMC Birmingham, Love Muhammad organisation, the Islamic Society of Britain, Lady Zainab helping hands, Aston Ahlulbayt society and Hope not Hate charitable trust has dedicated a significant section of this year’s #ROSESFORPEACE campaign to all the hardworking nurses and healthcare assistants at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham – one of the largest hospitals in the UK.
Hundreds of roses were given to the healthcare professionals as a gift. We sought to convey our heartfelt appreciation through expressing our love and thanks to them for all their selfless dedication to those who need care and support; especially on Christmas Eve, a time where families are gathered together in comfortable environments, enjoying the festive holidays and appreciating their time together.
It is unfortunate that wider society does not give our healthcare professionals their due credit – these great individuals need to be acknowledged for all the hard effort and struggles they put in to cater for the needs and requirements of their fellow brethren in humanity.
The feedback we received was overwhelming, to say the least. With some tears of joy, laughter and hugs, whilst others sharing emotional stories about the current situation of their patients, ‘you have made my day’ was the most frequently said statement. Nurse Charlene gave the following remarks: “You have put some much thought into words. I am pleased, thank you.”
Other nurses went on to describe the current climate of the world, a place in which oppression and a lack of humanity is widely manifest, stating they were in ‘awe’ to witness our campaign. They were appreciative of the fact that time and effort was spent in the way of others, without expecting anything in return but their happiness, that is regardless of how small the contribution may seem.
Truly the value lies in the thought and intention of spreading affection and love to those around us. The messages on the colourful roses were ones that talk of peace, unity, kindness, love, with one side quoting Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) and the other quoting a verse taken from the Bible.
The most important thing we achieved in carrying out this campaign was the embracing of one another; the respect, appreciation and promotion of the values of peace and unity to be central and integral to the divine nature of man, no matter which faith or creed is taken to form the basis of one’s identity.