British Muslims Raise Over £100,000 in 20 minutes to help the homeless and needy across the UK
On a cold and frosty New Years Eve 2014, Muslims from across the UK gathered at The Rex Centre in Birmingham for a very special event in support of the As-Suffa Homeless Outreach project.
The aim is to provide assistance to the most vulnerable people in the community, irrespective of race or religion. Hot meals are distributed three times a week with this project feeding over 2,500 people a month in Birmingham, Coventry, Sheffield and Leicester, with many more cities starting soon. Over 90,000 meals have been distributed in the last three years to those in need.
The event was aptly titled “When will the help of Allah descend?” and looked at putting a large number of negative events taking place across the world that lead to increasing animosity towards Muslims into perspective.
Shaykh Zahir Mahmood and Hamza Tzortzis, Head of Research at the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA), addressed the audience and inspired them to become champions of the poor and needy in our communities. The audience reciprocated by donating over £100,000 in less than 20 minutes – enough to support the As-Suffa Homeless Outreach Project for the next three years!
One of the issues discussed was how to tackle the rise of Islamophobia by using social activities – like the homeless project – to show that Muslims are not an insular community, but part of the solution of a more harmonious society. Muslims in the UK need to be confident in expressing their Islam and British identity, in a clear and compassionate way to remove the many misconceptions that exist around us as a community.
As a result, iERA held a one-day dawah training course on Saturday 3rd January 2015, where we taught the attendees how to convey Islam and share the beautiful values that it brings. On Sunday 4th January, the iERA team along with the attendees of the previous day’s training took to the streets of Birmingham to share the true message of Islam.
One of the As-Suffa brothers who was giving dawah for the very first time got into a fantastic conversation with a Sikh man who happily took a copy of the Qur’an away to read further. After a short while, the Sikh man was so moved by the conversation he had, that he returned to the stall to copiously thank the brother for taking the time out to speak to him about Islam. He even tried to give the brother money so that he can get a hot drink in the very cold weather.
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Three times a week, the As Suffa Institute volunteers provide a meal for those in need. What they do is pretty simple; they provide Chicken Biryani (which they love!), a can or carton of soft drink, and cup of tea or coffee.
Once the food is given, the volunteers take their time to interact with our guests, listening to their experiences and understanding how they can help.
As-Suffa Institute is an aptly named organisation to instigate a project tackling homelessness in the local community. For the As’haab us-Suffa (People of the Bench) resided on the veranda of the Prophet Muhammad’s Masjid (peace be upon him) in the city of Madinah, and comprised of the poor, the unemployed, emancipated slaves, and/or members of the community with no family.
Many of these companions chose to dedicate their lives in the servitude of Allah and His Apostle (peace be upon him). This part of the Masjid housed some of the most illustrious Companions including the likes of Abu Hurairah, a renowned narrator of Hadith; Bilal ibn Rabah, the first Muedhin (one who delivers the call to prayer) in the history of Islam; and Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, a great companion whose knowledge of the Qur’an was acknowledged by the Prophet (peace be upon him). May Allah, be pleased with them all.