Islamic Network Feeding the Homeless at Eden.
On coming to Birmingham to host the Eden family holiday event, we discovered that Birmingham is a rich and diverse melting pot of different cultures, classes and social systems. We were delighted the moment we decided to host the Eden event in Birmingham, knowing that just the previous year Birmingham was shortlisted for the UK City of Culture. We knew we were in for a treat!
We made an appointment to meet the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and he mesmerised us with the diversity and the delights of the great city. He also spoke to us about the troubles that Birmingham had and we wanted to help give back to the community.
We contacted a local homeless charity called As-Saffa to see how we could help. They informed us that they feed the homeless most evenings and we jumped at the chance to help out.
It was an eye-opening evening! We helped distribute food to the homeless people and engage with them, discovering that this was a growing problem and there wasn’t enough food to go round on some days but the homeless people were so thankful for the Muslims and their help.
This poignant evening gave us much to think about. May Allah grant organisations such as As-Suffa the means to support these people in desperate need, and this hidden face of Muslim kindness shines brighter than the minority of Muslims that are portrayed on the news.