Based in the Abu Hanifa Mosque, the Iraqi Association of Scholars provides aid to destroyed areas of the Old City of Mosul.
The nine-month long battle to liberate Mosul from ISIS had its most devastating toll on the Old City, where fighting was the most intense. ISIS militants planted mines at every corner and used every means to hold onto their territory until their very death. The fierce fighting left the Old City, which was the historical and cultural core of the city, completely devastated. Very few residents have managed to return and those who have are living amidst rubble and debris.
With the government’s limited response to the crisis, the residents of the Old City of Mosul do not have the support to sustain themselves. As a result, many of them are living in poverty, unable to support their families.
However, local organisations, international aid groups, and volunteers in the city of Mosul have been working hard to support and help the most needy in their community. Other local civil society groups have decided to rehabilitate schools, hospitals and whole areas of their city. Since the liberation of Mosul, residents have been determined to rebuild their lives and revive the city that was once known as the cultural capital of Iraq.
One such organisation that has been distributing aid and food to the most needy in the Old City of Mosul has been the Iraqi Association of Scholars, who are based in the Abu Hanifa mosque in Adhamiyah, Baghdad. These are a group of Sunni Islamic scholars based in the capital who want to help the people of Mosul.
The vast majority of Sunni scholars in Iraq completely rejected the perverted ideology that ISIS espoused and many organisations of scholars have been working to counter the group on an educational and religious level. The Iraqi Association of Scholars is one such organisation.
So far the group have distributed 1,000 food packages to al-Mashahda, Bab al-Masjid, al-Ahmadiya, and al-Farouq street in the Old City of Mosul. They hope to continue their work in providing aid to thousands of people in the city.