On the evening of Saturday 30th January 2016, iERA’s One Community team based in London took to the streets of Charing Cross to hand out chicken and rice food parcels, along with water that was generously donated by a family from the Muslim community.
The One Community volunteers launched the ‘Help the Homeless’ campaign, an initiative to help the most needy in our society – the homeless. Over 40 food parcels were handed out to the homeless along The Strand in London. The team attracted a lot of attention with their distinctive hoodies displaying the “We are One Community” message on the back.
There was a local Christian group who run a food table for the homeless once a month, and they were delighted to see Muslims taking the initiative in contributing positively to society.
When the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) first received revelation, he was in shock over what had happened. Yet, when he told his beloved wife Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her), and she reassured him with the following words: “By Allah, Allah will never disgrace you. You keep good relations with your kith and kin, help the poor and the destitute, serve your guests generously and assist the deserving calamity-afflicted ones.” (Sahih Bukhari)
A passerby named Vitali, a Russian from Italy, who saw what the One Community team were doing, felt compelled to give a helping hand. He asked to join the team, and felt it was a great initiative. He expressed that he wants to become a regular member of the team.
Sa’ad Uddin, a young volunteer from Uxbridge said: “It is disheartening to see gentle, sophisticated, law abiding citizens homeless. This shows the importance of assisting the homeless who are enduring severe winds, freezing conditions, vulnerable on the streets and the list continues.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Feed the hungry, visit the sick, and set free the captives”. (Sahih al-Bukhari)
According to the Charity Group St Mungos, recent years have seen an alarming rise in the number of people sleeping on the streets, and these vulnerable people need help and support.
The One Community team will aim to run this campaign on a regular basis, and take food for the homeless on the streets of London. If you feel inspired and want to become part of this campaign, or would like to set up one in your own local community, please see: http://www.ouronecommunity.com/campaigns/help-the-homeless/