Islamic Relief Australia is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and devastation caused by the catastrophic bushfires engulfing Australia.
Our hearts go out to the families and communities impacted by the crisis; those who have lost their homes and possessions, their livelihoods and incomes, or more tragically, a loved one.
While we work with partners on the ground to identify how we can best assist those in need not just immediately, but in the longer term, we ask you to spare a thought for the voiceless – our animals. They have suffered the greatest devastation in this tragedy.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Australia estimates that approximately 1.25 billion animals including native wildlife may have been killed, either directly or indirectly, as a result of the ferocious blazes. So far, over 10.7 million hectares of land has been burnt across Australia, which is larger than the total area of Portugal.
Tragically, it’s feared whole species may have been lost and that the Koala may now be ‘functionally’ extinct – the species has declined to the point where it can no longer play a significant role in its ecosystem.
At such a devastating time, it is important to remind ourselves that the compassion and mercy of Islam not only relates to humanity, but extends to all creatures, particularly animals (Qur’an 6:38).
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) stated:
“Verily, there is heavenly reward for every act of kindness done to a living animal.”
To help animals affected by the fires, we urge you to donate to one of the following organisations:
RSPCA New South Wales:
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital: https://www.koalahospital.org.au/adopt-a-koala