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  Near East: people from Afghanistan  

O my servants who believe! be careful of (your duty to) your Lord; for those who do good in this world is good, and Gods earth is spacious; only the patient will be paid back their reward in full without measure. (Qur'an 39:10)

Verily, with every difficulty there is relief.
Qur'an 94:5-6

Abu Hurayrah: The Prophet pbuh said: "There is no disease that God has created, except that He also has created its remedy." [Bukhari 7.582]

Again I am raging, I am in such a state by your soul that every bond you bind, I break, by your soul. I am like heaven, like the moon, like a candle by your glow; I am all reason, all love, all soul, by your soul.

Who are we, O Thou soul of our souls, that we should remain in being beside thee? We and our existences are really non-existence; thou art the absolute Being which manifests the perishable.
Rumi, Masnavi Book I, 599-607

Why did Afghani people migrate to Harrow?

In Afghanistan, the majority population are of Muslim faith, with most Sunni and a lesser number of Shi’a. There are also many thousands of Hindus and Sikhs living in larger cities, and several thousand Christians. The majority of Jews fled after the Soviet invasion in 1979. Also remaining are people from Buddhist, Zoroastrian, and Baha’i faiths. The population is diverse and has ethnic links with Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. In the capital Kabul, Pashtuns are politically dominant, however, local religious leaders use Islamic law to arbitrate disputes, and to give advice on social problems, health, and environmental issues. Since the Soviet invasion in 1979, and due to the civil war, many Afghans fled to neighbouring countries, and a number of people migrated to UK, including to Harrow.

The civil war resulted in poverty and insecurity for civilians, as many were displaced. Infrastructure services such as water, sewage, and electricity were damaged or destroyed. Furthermore, the supportive extended family system was diminished. During the 1990’s some provinces experienced famine and malnutrition. Civilians were forced to migrate due to lack of protection from armed conflict and foreign forces. Thousands were displaced, and as people abandoned their homes it became harder to work or provide food and shelter for their families.

Afghan exiles may consider returning, but want to ensure the government offers stability and security for their families. The Afghan Association of London, based in Harrow, was established in 1995 to create a positive change in the quality of life of the Afghan community. They provide advice, and run social and cultural events. Religion is still important to many people for addressing health issues.