BIRMINGHAM – A group of Muslim volunteers has released a new video showing a remarkable project of helping those in need during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
“The film highlights the positive charity work going on within the UK, a spokesman for the Bearded Broz group told Birmingham Mail on Wednesday.
“It also shows the charitable nature of Islam, especially during Ramadan, and how groups like the Bearded Broz embody this every day.”
The film released by Birmingham community heroes, the Bearded Broz, features Jodie, a local woman they helped out with food parcels when she was struggling and who now volunteers for the Bearded Broz.
The Smethwick food bank project was recognized with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Muslim Awards in 2017.
“We bring a lot more than food, it’s a bigger message of love,” Imran Hameen, the leader of the group, said.
“And if we can leave a legacy behind that made communities come together, I think this would be our main objective.”
“Bearded Broz hit the headlines last year when they volunteered to take up the task of cleaning up the streets, abandoned by Birmingham City Council workers who went on strike
Ramadan is the holiest month in Islamic calendar. It is expected to start this year on Wednesday, May 16.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims, except for 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 become closer to Allah through prayer, self-restraint, and good deeds.
Charity is considered a big part of Muslim life.
One of the pillars of Islam is Zakat, in which a fixed percentage of a person’s savings must be given to the poor.
There is also Sadaqah, which means voluntary charity work going above and beyond the obligations of Zakat.