"Every day, 1000 mothers die during pregnancy or childbirth because they can’t access the healthcare and support they need. That’s 358,000 mothers dying every year. 99% of these deaths occur in the developing world. Yet 8 out of 10 times, it’s possible to prevent a mother dying. All it takes is access to free healthcare and assistance from a trained health worker during childbirth. Thousands more could be saved by communities supporting the rights of women – this means promoting education for all and empowering women and girls to make healthy choices.
Mothers have the highest status in Islam. They are the core of our families and our ummah. Without them, society would be unable to sustain itself or develop. Islam celebrates their central role in society and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us to serve and look after our mothers – ‘Be at your mother’s feet and there is Paradise’ (Ibn Majah).
Muslim communities have the power to make a difference. Our faith inspires us to take action, and our communities and charities have strong links with many countries where maternal mortality rates are highest, including India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Bangladesh. This means that we have the opportunity to influence attitudes, share life-saving knowledge and help provide vital healthcare to women around the world.
We want to show that we are at our mothers’ feet by celebrating motherhood and coming together to make our local and global communities aware of what needs to be done to prevent these needless deaths.
We want to show charities that we will support them in helping to provide the resources they need to make maternal health a priority."
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