Muslims help donate staggering 10 tons of food to feed homeless during Christmas period

Muslims from across London have donated a staggering 10 tonnes of food to feed the homeless and less fortunate over the Christmas period.

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The food will be distributed to the homeless by the charity Crisis and 90 per cent will go to non-Muslims across London.

Christian Reverend Gary Bradley described it as “all faiths working together for a common humanity.”

Shaykh Abdul Qayum, who organised the collection, 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.”

This is not the first time this year that British Muslims have been recognised for their astounding charity work.

During Ramadan this year it was estimated by the Muslim Charities Forum and a blog from the Charity Commission that British Muslims gave approximately £100 million to charitable causes during the month of Ramadan this year.

This huge amount equates to approximately £38 every second for the month of Ramadan.

The homeless rate in London continues to rise with Local agencies reporting 8,096 people slept rough in London alone throughout 2015/16  – A six per cent rise on the previous year, and more than double the figure of 3,673 in 2009/10.

 

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