- They feed around 300 needy people in Queensland and New South Wales
- In partnership with other welfare organizations, they assist individuals and families who are experiencing financial constraints
A Muslim group in Australia is feeding homeless people and the needy six days a week, showing the community the real Islamic ethics, IlmFeed reported.
“Our goal is to provide basic necessities to those who are in need of urgent assistance so that they can get back on their feet as soon as possible,” the not-for-profit group wrote on its website.
“We also provide referral services and work with individuals and their families to implement long-term strategies that will create opportunities for recipients to become more self-sufficient.”
The group works in partnership with other welfare organizations that can assist individuals and families who are experiencing financial constraints by providing food vouchers, rent vouchers, and short-term financial relief.
They feed around 300 needy people in Queensland and New South Wales.
Volunteers also visit the Birrong Respite Centre, which provides short-term accommodation and support to individuals with disabilities over the age of 18.
It all started in March 2015 when a group of Muslim youth decided to showcase what Islam is about by giving back to the community and helping those in need.
Along with feeding the homeless, the group is also fundraising 20,000 copies of Qur’an giveaway.
“Project Qur’an is an initiative designed to assist Muslims and Non-Muslims to get access to a copy of the English Translation of the Quran, in simple English,” the group wrote in the Launchgood page.
According to the latest Census, the Muslim population in Australia stands at 2.6%.
As one of the Five Pillars of Islam, zakat or donating and charity is a religious obligation for all Muslims who meet the necessary criteria of wealth. It’s a mandatory charitable contribution, the right of the poor to find relief from the rich, and is considered to be tax or obligatory alms.
Islamic Shari’ah also has another type of optional donation called Sadaqah. This term was used in the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah for both zakat and charity.