A mosque has donated $10,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service firefighters and communities affected by the deadly bushfires.
Al-Mabarat Benevolent Society donated the sum to the NSW Rural Fire Service on Thursday, in support of their tireless efforts in fighting bushfires across the state.
The Imam of Masjid Arrahman in Kingsgrove, His Eminence Sheikh Youssef Nabha met with Senior Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald and Chief Financial officer Stephen O’Malley, where he presented him with the $10,000 cheque.
Mr O’Malley spoke about the damaging affects the bushfires have had on people, their properties and homes, environment, nature and animals.
Sheikh Nabha expressed his gratitude to the heroic firefighters who continue to fight tirelessly to extinguish the fires.
The pair thanked each other for the support and together they were photographed with the large cheque.
The donation was announced by Sheikh Nabha during the Friday sermon on November 15, who reiterated the benefits of giving back in Islam.
‘We salute the heroic firefighters in extinguishing the fires and the Australian people in their financial support and aid to the affected people’s homes and possessions,’ he said.
‘As Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, ”There is reward for serving any animate”.
‘This is the true mateship that we celebrate and are proud of as Australians.
‘On behalf of Al-Mabarat Benevolent Society and the community, we present $10,000 to the communities affected by the bushfires.’
Sheikh Nabha then ended on a quote from Imam Ali: ‘People are two types: They are your brothers in faith or your equals in humanity’.
As of Thursday morning, there are 157 bush and grass fires are burning across NSW, with 64 not yet contained.