عدد الرسائل : 831
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تاريخ التسجيل : 15/05/2007
|موضوع: Muslims Donate for Hungry Americans الإثنين يونيو 11, 2007 11:13 pm|| |
Muslims Donate for Hungry Americans
By Abderrazak Mrabet, IOL Correspondent
"It’s our way of showing the community that we care about everyone and that Allah loves everyone, Muslims and non-Muslims," Swelam told IOLRALEIGH, North Carolina — The Muslim American Society (MAS) has launched a nationwide campaign to encourage Muslims to donate food and money to help feed fellow hungry Americans, regardless of their faith. "It’s our way of showing the community that we care about everyone and that Allah loves everyone, Muslims and non-Muslims," Allyson Swelam, the head of the outreach committee in MAS Raleigh chapter, told IslamOnline.net.Muslims are encouraged to donate canned food, nonperishable items as well as money to provide fresh meat.Donation boxes were made available at local mosques and Islamic schools."All donations are going directly to low income people who live under the poverty line," said Allyson.She asserted that the response of the Muslim community was good, especially that this is the first time to conduct such a campaign."I think this is a good start and we already met our target as far as the cost of the meat that we pre-ordered."According to the Department of Agriculture, hunger in the US has increased for the fourth straight year.In 2005, more than 36 million Americans, including 13 million children, lived in hunger or on the brink of hunger.Duty "We wanted to plant the seeds of charity and generosity in our kids at early age," said Hafiz
.Ali Ata’Allah, an engineer, donated in cash.He stressed the importance of reaching out to people from different faiths, especially the poor and the hungry."I think it’s a very good idea. It’s our duty as Muslims to reach out to people from all walks of life to let them know that we care about their welfare and wellbeing," Ata’Allah told IOL."It’s important for Muslims to show that they are active members of the society and that they help in time of need or hunger."
There are no official figures for the number of Muslims in the United States but CAIR estimates the number at around seven to eight million.Leila, a research associate, brought two bags full of canned food, expressing joy to participate in such a noble event."When I heard about the feed the hungry campaign, I didn’t hesitate to contribute to it."Feeding the needy is a duty of every Muslim," she said."We need to show our neighbors the bright face of our faith, a faith that cares about the poor, the orphan and the hungry," added Leila."I hope that an event like that should take place more than once a year, especially during the holy month of Ramadan and Eid Al-Adha."Muslim boys and girls are actively contributing to the campaign."We wanted to plant the seeds of charity and generosity in our kids at early age, that’s why we gave them the opportunity to take part in this event," said Mohammed Hafiz, head of the MAS Scouts committee in Raleigh."The kids brought their monthly savings and pocket money and showed that they care too," he added."They went to the grocery store and bought different kinds of food. They are also helping packaging and transporting donations to the food banks."