Blessed Summit 2018 : Respecting the Elderly

Friday & Saturday July 2018

Programme : Sunday July 2018

 Topics & Speaker Profiles

The UK’s population is currently 63 million and it continues to grow, especially in the number of elderly; this means that Britain is becoming an increasingly ageing population.

The government statistics are as follows:

  • It is projected that the population will grow steadily, passing 70 million people in 2026
  • By 2036, over half of local authorities are projected to have 25% or more of their local population aged 65 and over
  • In 2016 there were 285 people aged 65 and over for every 1,000 people aged 16 to 64 years

The elderly in our country face severe issues which are not only to do with the natural deterioration that comes with age, including: the loss of faculties such as sight, hearing, mobility; heart disease; lung disease; diabetes and dementia. The elderly also face severe loneliness, with many living alone and not having interaction with other people for days and sometimes weeks and, in extreme cases, for months on end. Financial exploitation is increasing amongst the elderly, as they often fall victim to burglaries or their lifesavings are successfully targeted by scammers on a mass scale. They are also mistreated by those entrusted with their care, as there are an increasing numbers of abuse and neglect cases emerging in care homes as well as at home.

Health and social care sector face great difficulties in coping with the sheer numbers. Households often outsource the care of their elderly, as the load is perceived to be too ‘burdensome’ as indeed the care can be physically and emotionally demanding.

What are the solutions?

What position does Islam take on the treatment of elderly?

Whose responsibility is it to take care of our elderly parents?

Is it wrong to have a carer take full time care of an elderly family member?

Is it important to preserve the honour and dignity of an elderly person? If so, how?

Is there reward in serving the elderly?

Can caring for our parents in their old age recompense the love and care our parents gave us in our infanthood?

 

The example and teachings of the Prophet PBUH is unequivocal:

“He is not one of us who does not show mercy to our young ones and esteem to our elderly.” (At-Tirmidhi and Ahmad)

“If a young man honors an elderly on account of his age, Allah appoints someone to honor him in his old age.” (At-Tirmidhi)

 

How can we implement these deeply Islamic values into our interaction with the elderly in the UK today?

Hijaz Community invites young people, adults and families to the Blessed Summit to explore what it means to Respect the Elderly.

The Blessed Summit is a free two-day event comprising of speeches, workshops and worship focusing on developing an understanding of the true nature of man and his interaction with society.

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