Tomorrow is World Refugee Day, commemorated annually as such since the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed vide Resolution 55/76 to mark 20 June 2001 as the first such day following the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Indeed, the past few years have seen many forced to flee their homes due to wars and conflicts occurring in various parts of the world, notably Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Myanmar as well as to escape widespread famine caused by the onslaught of global warming and escalation of climate change happening in places such as India and Africa due to, among others, inaction on the part of governments to mitigate the same ever since the Paris Agreement was agreed in December 2015. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, climate change will displace hundreds of millions of people by the end of this century, increasing the risk of violent conflict and wiping trillions of dollars off the global economy if further action is not taken soon to mitigate its effects. Continue reading
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Please click this link to find a summary of a Friday khutbah delivered by Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) in Masjid al-Rawdah, Tarim, on 10th Jumad al-Awwal 1434 / 22nd March 2013, where he discusses the problems the Ummah is currently facing and offers solutions to those problems. These words come in the wake of the shocking events that took place in Syria the previous night.