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In spirit of Ramadan WLIC helps feed local homeless

 

 

 

Buoyed by last years successful Sharing Ramadan Campaign organised and hosted by WLIC, the Centre was eager to repeat one of its central initiatives again this year, by continuing to provide food and drink for the homeless.

In the spirit of Ramadan, a month of charity and helping those less fortunate, WLIC together with the kind support of Acton Mosque & Muslim Welfare Association, was honoured to provide meals for over 200 local homeless visitors at Acton Homeless Concern (AHC) on Thursday 1st August 2013.

Following another hard year for many under privileged in our community, Acton Homeless Concern has seen an increase in the number of clients it serves, amidst a contrasting decrease in subsidised funding. WLIC is pleased to play its small role in supporting the efforts of this essential charity, which cares for the destitute in our local community. Ian Breen from AHC said passed his best wishes to the Muslim community and said, ‘Thank you so much, you don’t know what it means to our charity, because of your efforts, we did not have to cook today.’

It is considered a duty to fulfill such acts as God Almighty credits the feeding of the poor and states in the Islamic scripture, the Qur'an: 'And they give food in spite of love for it to the needy, the orphan, and the captive, [Saying], ‘We feed you only for the countenance of Allah. We wish not from you reward or gratitude,’' [Al-Qur'an 76:8-9]


The Prophet (pbuh) said 'Verily the creation of each one of you is brought together in his mother's belly for forty days in the form of seed, then he is a clot of blood for a like period, then a morsel of flesh for a like period, then there is sent to him the angel who blows the breath of life into him and who is commanded about four matters: to write down his means of livelihood, his life span, his actions, and whether happy or unhappy. By Allah, other than Whom there is no god, verily one of you behaves like the people of Paradise until there is but an arm's length between him and it, and that which has been written over takes him and so he behaves like the people of Hell-fire and thus he enters it; and one of you behaves like the people of Hell-fire until there is but an arm's length between him and it, and that which has been written over takes him and so he behaves like the people of Paradise and thus he enters it.' [Related in Bukhari]
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