[ Over 125 people outside the Croydon Mosque and Islamic Centre on London Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey]
By Hasnain Hudda
Since the start of February to date, the Muslim Association of Croydon (MAC) have been running the ‘Feeding the Homeless Project’ every Friday evening.
For the last six months, over 125 homeless and needy people have been fed every Friday in a marquee outside the Croydon Mosque and Islamic Centre on London Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey.
The cost of providing this service is only around £230 per week which is raised through donations from the members of the centre, and occasionally food is brought by some of the members of the community.
One of the main focuses of the trust is focusing on the necessity of feeding every person, regardless of their race or their faith. They support this with the Qur’anic verse: “Verily we feed you for God’s pleasure: we need no reward or thanks”; which emphasises the need to feed other people as well as yourself, asking nothing in return.
MAC General Secretary, Ashtaq Arain, told The Muslim News, “Although many people do normally volunteer, during the month of Ramadan participation from volunteers to help has increased greatly and during this month more people are not only dropping by to help serve the homeless people, but also more people are stopping with foods and drinks to give to the homeless people.”
Arain also said more donations would ensure the homeless are served throughout the week or see the project, which strengthens community and multi-faith, expanded to the other eight mosques in Croydon.