Struggling during the country’s third lockdown, families in Croydon, South London, have been receiving support from local Muslim charity Al Khair Foundation.
The Muslim charity has supported hundreds of local people by delivering food packs and ingredients to prepare hot meals for those unable to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.
Volunteers with the charity also donated more than 500 food packs, grocery items and ingredients to mosques, churches, support groups and individuals across South London.
“During these difficult times we will continue to do all we can to support our local community the way we have been. We are getting increasing numbers of calls for help across the borough as the lockdown bites,” Al Khair’s head of special projects, Imran Nisar, told London News Online.
“Many people are becoming vulnerable to homelessness as they are now losing their jobs – even feeding their families is a struggle. We will work tirelessly to continue the work we have been doing by providing food and other essentials to all who need it.
“We are most grateful for all food donations we are receiving which makes it possible for us to deliver to people in need in these unprecedented times.”
Making A Difference
Chairman of the Al Nagashi Mosque, Abubaker Adam, said: “The value of partnership between the mosque and a respectable Muslim charity has made a real difference to those in need across South London irrespective of faith, gender and color. Humanitarians will deliver all the time.”
Established in 2003, Al-Khair Foundation (AKF) is an international Muslim aid NGO based in the UK. It is the third largest Muslim charity in the UK.
Islam lays a great emphasis on the virtue of neighborliness, stressing on Muslims’ individual duty to be good to neighbors.
This act of generosity also falls in line with what many British Muslims have been doing to help their community.
Muslim businessman Yousuf Bhaliok, for instance, donated £200,000 to NHS in March, launching an appeal to raise £1 million.