The World Federation is pleased to announce the latest edition of Insight. The theme of this edition is Economy, Poverty & the Future.
Bashir Damji, editor writes, “The percentage of our community that has unfortunately regressed into the hardship zone certainly is not as bad as the society where we have settled, nor is our condition unique. It is however, misleading to presume that numbers always accurately represent the veracity and the enormity of the problem. In the contextual debate, many members are either reluctant to seek official help or simply prefer to suffer in silence rather than confide their respective plights, thereby dragging them into an ‘economy of exclusion’. Planning and providing help to the ‘unknown’ and ‘undecided’ needy only complicates the exercise. While identifying the problem and the magnitude thereof, are essential components when devising programs to cater for the needy, we must not forget to also include an element of outreach at the core of our plans for the less fortunate ones.
|It is contextually relevant to recall that during the reign of Imām ‘Alī (AS) in Kufa, no poor slept hungry. Many of the Kufan poor had simply resigned to their poor fate and only became recipients of Imām’s benevolence through his outreach. The gulf between the haves and have-nots is not as wide within our community as it is elsewhere. But instead of being a source of contentment, this disparity between our and others’ numbers should only invoke additional responsibilities into our collective resolve to help other communities as well as ours. It’s helpful to recall that social contexts define narratives and generate best practices that subsequently help the wider society foster social cohesion.”
The issue touches on several on issues including:
Read about recent news and achievements around the world, and gain some insight from the thoughts of the contributors of this edition.