Easton Jamia Masjid in Bristol has embarked on an admirable and impactful initiative known as MACSAD, the Mosque Adult Care and Social Activity Day, which stands as a model of community care and inclusion:
Community Elder Engagement: The project focuses on engaging and supporting the elderly members of the community. Many of these elders may have become disconnected from the community and the mosque.
Preventing Isolation: The project was initiated in response to a situation involving an elderly man who had passed away and was about to be cremated. Upon realizing he was a Muslim, the mosque stepped in to ensure a proper Islamic burial. This event served as a catalyst to prevent such isolation and disconnection from happening to others in the community.
Support and Inclusion: Elderly individuals are brought into the mosque for one-day sessions each week. These sessions serve multiple purposes. They provide a platform for the elderly to reconnect with their community and the mosque. Additionally, they offer opportunities to learn and become actively involved in mosque activities.
Monitoring and Care: Beyond facilitating reconnection, the project also involves keeping a watchful eye on these elderly members, ensuring they are cared for and supported as they reintegrate into the mosque community.
Role Model Initiative: The MACSAD project represents a role model for communities across the country. Its success and impact demonstrate the importance of caring for and including elderly community members who may be at risk of isolation or disconnection.
Easton Jamia Masjid’s MACSAD project serves as a beacon of compassion and inclusivity, ensuring that no member of the community, especially the elderly, is left behind or isolated. This initiative sets an inspiring example for others to learn from and replicate, emphasizing the importance of community care and social inclusion.