LOS ANGELES – Maintaining their 20-year-old tradition of helping homeless, hundreds of Los Angeles area Muslims are coming together on Sunday, June 18, for the 18th annual Humanitarian Day, providing meals to needy and homeless.
“We are Angelenos, we are Americans, we are Muslims and we are goodwill ambassadors living the values of our Islamic faith through service to those in need,” Umar Hakim, executive director of the ILM Foundation and lead organizer of Humanitarian Day, said in a statement cited by Los Angeles Times.
The 18th annual Humanitarian Day, held on Sunday, is expected to draw in hundreds of Muslim volunteers.
Volunteers are to provide fresh meals, hygiene kits, clothing and towels, backpacks and school supplies.
A welcome rally is set to kick off at 10 a.m. on Maple Avenue, between 5th and 6th streets, and the event is scheduled to last until noon.
The plan calls for medical screenings to be provided by UMMA (University Muslim Medical Assn.) Community Clinic physicians, along with free dental services provided by Dental Care for Children.
Other Humanitarian Day events were taking place on Saturday in Santa Ana, Pasadena and the Inland Empire.
Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, started on Saturday, May 27.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.
Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to be closer to Allah through prayers, self-restraint and good deeds.