Taroudant - Birmingham Central Mosque in the United Kingdom will be offering free hot meals for those in need and the homeless from December 24 through January 1, ending at 5:00 p.m. local time.
Taroudant – Birmingham Central Mosque in the United Kingdom will be offering free hot meals for those in need and the homeless from December 24 through January 1, ending at 5:00 p.m. local time.
In partnership with the Birmingham Soup Kitchen, the mosque is expecting to serve hundreds of homeless people during the holiday season.
“Hot meals will be served from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day,” the organizers said.
According to U.K.’s The Independent, “Birmingham has one of the worst rates for homelessness in the country,” with about 2,500 people homeless or living in temporary accommodation in the city streets.
Kasim Choudry, community activist and one of the organizers of the meal giveaway told the same source that the mosque decided to offer meals for the poor because “many of the existing services that homeless people rely on in the city close for the holidays.”
“That’s why we chose to do it, really. We are open anyway and it’s nice to be able to help when it’s needed most,” Choudry said.
He added that “Birmingham is an amazing city that thrives on diversity and together as one community we can unite as one to tackle poverty.”
In a video posted on Facebook, Muhammad Ali speaks about the Birmingham Central Mosque Christmas Soup Kitchen.
“It is a great feeling that a lot of people from different communities and backgrounds wanted to volunteer and help out in this event and making it a success,” Ali said.
Muhammad Ali discusses the Christmas Soup Kitchen at Birmingha…Muhammad Ali, Administrator at the Birmingham Central Mosque, speaks about today’s special Birmingham Central Mosque Christmas Soup Kitchen, which began today at the venue and is on until January 1st.The Birmingham Food Drive also had our volunteers out to assist all the other amazing organisations and partners who made this event happen.Filmed by Vimal Korpal.www.twitter.com/BrumFoodDrivewww.facebook.com/BrumFoodDrive#BrumFoodDrive #FeedTheHomeless
Posted by Birmingham Food Drive on Thursday, 24 December 2015
“In the current climate of terror and mistrust it is worth remembering that most people are human and these fine gentlemen exemplify the fact,” Simon Mansfield commented on the mosque’s kind gesture.
Other social media users took to Twitter to hail the Muslims’ initiative and act of generosity towards the homeless people, regardless of their backgrounds.
@Independent Thats very kind ! And a lovely thing to do for the community. Bravo merry Xmas
— Jason A. Coulson (@CoulsonJason) December 25, 2015
— Drewan Strigoi (@drewanstrigoi) December 25, 2015