Bostonian Muslims Feed the Homeless
October 16, 2006 § 1 Comment
Many non-Muslims are not aware of Islam’s teachings as an actual religion. Most non-Muslims are only privy to the violence and folly exhibited by a small bands of misguided Muslims. However, God Willing, this will change over time. One of the ways this will change is through the practice of one of the 5 tenets of Islam, sadaqa (charity). Sadaqa is incumbent upon all Muslims especially during the Holy month of Ramadan.
This Ramadan Boston Muslims made headlines by simply doing what Muslims have been doing for over 1300 years: feeding, clothing and serving the poor. The poor, in this case was the homeless community of Boston as the Boston Herald describes,
“In the spirit of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, local Muslim organizations are providing charitable aid to the needy and homeless in 14 cities across the nation, including Boston for the first time.
‘‘You don’t see much out there to try to help people who are in need,” a homeless veteran said on the steps of the Tobin Community Center in Roxbury.
It was a declaration of appreciation for the ‘‘Humanitarian Day for the Homeless” event at the center, sponsored by Islamic Relief.
More than 350 volunteers provided clothing, personal hygiene items, toys, brown-bagged bundles of food, and bottles of water to those in need, with no questions asked.” (S. Tolsen, Boston Herald)