Although the Christmas celebration is mostly considered a Christian tradition, it’s always amazing when people set aside religious differences in order to reach out to the needy. This heartwarming story recently happened in London and we can’t help but smile so wide.
In a genuine expression of concern, Muslims gathered together to donate over 10 tons of food for the homeless.
Organized by the East London Mosque with Muslim Aid, about 7,500 members of the congregation helped to make the wonderful project possible. Shopping bags were filled with rice, pasta, cereal, and canned goods.
According to the organizers, the food donations were collected from Mosque attendees along with some from local businesses, schools, and leaders of other faiths.
Muslim Aid CEO Jehangir Malik said:
“We are overwhelmed by people’s generosity today and very pleased that this will mean thousands of homeless people in London will be well-fed over the Christmas and the winter period.
“We hope and pray that people from all backgrounds and walks of life will come together to contribute to the Big Food Drive to serve the most vulnerable in our communities.”
Over 90% of the intended recipients of the food packs are non-Muslims and they will be donated via Crisis, a homeless charity.
Christian Reverend Gary Bradley has expressed gratitude and admiration for the project.
He said it was an excellent example of “all faiths working together for a common humanity.”
Meanwhile, East London Mosque Chief Imam Shaykh Abdul Qayum commented:
“Muslims are inspired by their faith towards helping others in need. It is a religious duty for Muslims to try to help others, irrespective of a person’s faith or background.
“In the cold winter months when we have the luxury of a home and hot food, it’s easy to forget about others that are in dire need around us. So it is in that spirit we take part in this big food drive.”
Reports tell us that the number of homeless individuals in UK has dramatically increased in the previous years. Statistics shared by the government estimates that over 3,500 people slept on the streets last year – that’s a 30% increase compared to 2014.
Christmas is indeed a time for sharing and giving – and its touching that our Muslim brothers and sisters took time to demonstrate that.
10 Heartwarming Stories about the Power of Love
Love makes a difference.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.,
Love, to be felt and shown, need not be represented by grandiose and expensive efforts. Often, love is expressed in small ways and it is in these little, everyday things that we truly experience the real power of love and the beauty of life.
The compilation of short stories below shows us how poignant acts of love, no matter how small, can make a huge difference not only to others but also to ourselves.
This Touching Polish Christmas Ad Will Definitely Make You Shed Some Tears
While so many ads are focused on selling Christmas gifts, there’s one Polish ad that sends a more important message.
Poland's most popular online auction Allegro has released a masterpiece of a Christmas commercial about an elderly Pole who orders a book on learning English. And since he's still a beginner, we see him slowly learning different English words and phrases.
Keep in mind that you might want to have tissues ready before you start watching this video!
It starts off with the elderly man opening an Allegro package filled with stuff labeled "English for Beginners," including a pair of headphones. And we see that he has ordered his package online. With some help from his canine companion, the old man begins to practice speaking in English.
Awesome Boss Spends $500,000 On All-Expenses-Paid Maldives Vacation for Employees
Evolve Mixed Martial Arts founder and chairman Chatri Sityodtong treated more than 100 employees to a dream vacation in the Maldives.
The people who work for Evolve Mixed Martial Arts probably feel like they're the luckiest employees in the world. The company's founder and chairman Chatri Sityodtong recently gave them a vacation in the Maldives.
After all, despite economic challenges, the martial arts company reportedly had a 30 per cent year-on-year growth throughout 2016. That's on top of "strong double-digit growth every year."
It goes without saying that these are very happy employees.
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