NELSON, Lancashire - Mosques in the British town of Nelson in Lancashire have joined forces to feed poor and needy families, manifesting a basic Islamic principle of helping those in need regardless of their faith.
When we at Inspiring Grace were made aware of the scope of the problem, we did not hesitate to lend a hand, Tahir Anwar, a mosque official, told Pendle Today on Monday, July 30.
This issue supersedes all divisions and prejudices.
Six major mosques in the town joined hands to provide food to poor and needy families as part of the Feeding Pendle and Beyond project.
The mosques have each allocated specific deposit days when non-perishable foodstuffs can be brought to the premises.
In addition, four public deposit points have also been assigned at various addresses in the local area.
Our aim is simply to serve others by supporting the established causes, and reaching out in compassion and generosity to those in need, Anwar said.
The campaign comes as British Muslims observe the fasting month of Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.
The sick and those traveling are exempt from fasting especially if it poses health risks.
Fasting is meant to teach Muslims patience, self-control and spirituality, and time during the holy month is dedicated for getting closer to Allah though prayers, reading the Noble Qur'an and good deeds.
During Ramadan, Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to become closer to Allah through prayer, self-restraint and good deeds.
The majority of Muslims prefer to pay Zakah for the poor and needy during the month.
Volunteers prepared food parcels for the needy, including non-perishable food that meets nutritional requirements.
The Feeding Pendle and Beyond project has had an amazing response from the public," Anwar said.
But we must keep in mind that this problem is not something that is going to disappear in the space of a fortnight, and we encourage everyone to continue giving generously.
Welcomed by the locals, organizers were able to gather more than 1,400 food items that were donated by residents.
Britain is home to a sizable Muslim minority, estimated at nearly 2.5 million.
Earlier this month, a report by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex found that Muslims are the most likely of all groups to be identified with the concept of Britishness.'
Last year, think tank Demo found that Muslims in the United Kingdom are more patriotic than the rest of population.
Responding to the statement I am proud to be a British citizen, 83% of Muslims said they are proud of being British.The percentage came higher than average across the population which scored only 79%.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net