Manchester Muslims Launch Campaign to Combat Food Poverty

A Muslim charity has launched a national campaign to combat food poverty, sharing recipes and encouraging people to cook at home.

“With the ongoing pandemic, we’ve come to realize how many families and vulnerable people have really been affected,” Muhammad Ahmad Khurshid, the imam of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community charity, told Mancunian Matters.

“There are also children who aren’t going to school and they are struggling through this period too.

“As Muslims, striving to help those in need is one of the most fundamental parts of our faith.”

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Their new Cheap and Easy Cooking online campaign has shared cost saving meals using easy to follow recipes and video tutorials.

Along with recipes, starter packs were also donated to food banks to help those in need.

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Other Initiatives

The charity has also helped with other initiatives in the North West such as providing a call center and a place to stay in their mosque during severe flooding.

“We were making deliveries for almost three or four months on a daily basis to the vulnerable around the city,” Khurshid said.

“Making such contributions is nothing to be proud of, it’s something which is part of our faith, and we do so voluntarily because it’s a fundamental part of our faith, and many Muslims do work like this without telling anyone.

“It’s the biggest honor that we’ve had, serving the city of Manchester, and it was essential to Manchester.

“If everyone thinks of it as, this is my part to play in the community, then slowly more and more people will start to play their part, and we will see a national change happen.”

Islam encourages Muslims to treat their neighbors in a gentle way that reflects the true and genuine spirit of Islam as exemplified in its tolerant aspect especially with people of other faiths.

It makes no difference whether the neighbors are Muslim or non-Muslim.

This falls in line with what the Muslim community across the UK have been doing since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

In Norwich, a local Muslim eatery has been giving out free hot meals to the needy.

In December 2020, the Rose Lane Mosque teamed up with The East Anglian Bangladesh Trust and with St Martins Housing Trust to provide 120 meals on a weekly basis for the homeless.