Muslim Aid, in collaboration with East London Mosque received 10 tonnes of food to help feed the capital’s homeless over the Christmas period during Friday prayers last week.
Jehangir Malik, Chief Executive of Muslim Aid, said,
“With austerity cuts and the housing crisis, more and more people are ending up on the streets – destitute. We, as a Muslim charity, want to do everything we can to help the most vulnerable people in this country this Christmas, regardless of faith or background. Helping those in need is one of the five pillars of Islam and as temperatures plummet we need to do everything we can to protect those most at risk.”
Homeless charity Crisis will distribute the good, and over 90% will go to non-Muslims. Supplies donated by local businesses, homes, colleges and universities includes include rice, pasta, cereal, tinned goods and other items.
Dilowar Khan, Executive Director of the East London Mosque said,
“It was heart-warming to see so many people bringing food to the Mosque and a good sign of our common humanity. We need to build on this and make sure that we support those less fortunate all year round.”
Leaders of other religious groups backed the drive. These include Christian Reverend Gary Bradley who said the event was an example of “all faiths working together for a common humanity”.
Ian Richards, Head of Crisis at Christmas, said,
“Every year, Crisis opens its doors to thousands of homeless people, offering a safe, warm welcome with food and companionship, as well as access to vital services and year-round opportunities.”