In this times of pain, in which we are assisting powerless and with great worry to the generalized rise of violence and armed conflicts, it is good to remember that there are nice gestures too. People that worry and help the others. Such is the case of this group of Muslims from London that, encouraged by the principles of Islam, have taken the streets this Christmas in order to help the rest of the communities and the people in need.
Muslims have donated 10 tonnes of food to feed the homeless across London at Christmas, religious and charity leaders said.
Hundreds of Muslims flocked to the East London Mosque on Friday in a drive to feed London’s homeless during the festive period.
Pictures showed members of the 7,500 strong Muslim congregation donating food as they attended Friday prayers at the mosque in Whitechapel. Members of the congregation stood proudly in front of crates of shopping bags filled with rice, pasta, cereals and other tinned goods, ready to be distributed to people living on the street.
An action in accordance to the principles of Islam
More than 90 per cent of the food, which will be given to homeless charity Crisis, will go to non-Muslims, with Christian Reverend Gary Bradley describing the drive as “all faiths working together for a common humanity.”
Shaykh Abdul Qayum, Chief Imam of the East London Mosque, who organised the collection along with charity Muslim Aid, said the drive was inspired by their faith.
He said: “Muslims are inspired by their faith towards helping others in need. It is a religious duty for Muslims to try to help others, irrespective of a person’s faith or background. This compassion is truly reflective of what Islam stands for.”
He added: “In the cold winter months when we have the luxury of a home and hot food, it’s easy to forget about others that are in dire need around us. So it is in that spirit we take part in this big food drive.”
The number of people sleeping rough in the UK has risen dramatically, with government figures estimating that over 3,500 people slept on the streets each night last year, an increase of 30 per cent compared to 2014.
Source: Evening Standard