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BRITISH MUSLIMS REACH OUT TO NEIGHBOURS LIVING IN POVERTY THIS RAMADAN

Al-Mizan Charitable Trust will mark the onset of Ramadan by distributing over 500 food parcels on Monday 22 July 2013 to vulnerable families living in poverty across the UK. In keeping with the ethos of the charity, the food parcels will reach those most in need, regardless of their faith or cultural background.

Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims across the world by abstaining from food and drink during daylight hours. In keeping with the charitable spirit of the holy month, British Muslims have traditionally donated generously to feed millions of hungry people in some of the most deprived parts of the world. This year, Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is calling on British Muslims to also remember those suffering from food poverty closer to home. 

“Although the UK is the seventh richest country in the work, over 750,000 children often go to bed hungry. Within the Islamic tradition, our duty to our neighbours holds special status. Whilst Muslim communities should continue to alleviate suffering in all parts of the world, we have a special obligation to support those living in poverty in the UK,” said Mohammed Mamdani, Founder and Director of the Trust.

In the coming week, volunteers in London and Manchester will pack over 500 food parcels and deliver them to local charities supporting victims of domestic violence, single-parent families and asylum seekers. Each food parcel costs £40, and contain staples such as rice, pasta and cereals, tinned fruit and vegetables, tea and coffee and a variety of snacks.

The appeal follows a smaller campaign last Ramadan when the charity delivered 283 parcels in London. Samantha, a single-parent wrote to us saying, “When I was offered the food parcel, I was overjoyed. Coffee and tea are a luxury for me,” she said.

“I decided to cook soup the very next day. I was explaining to my children that when I was growing up, my mother would cook soup every Saturday. The children couldn't wait for me to finish cooking because it smelt so good, and the vegetable stock from the food parcel gave the soup such a good smell. We sat down for dinner and my children enjoyed the meal and asked if I could cook this every Saturday. This brought tears to my eyes,” she continued.

To sponsor a food parcel, visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/FoodParcels

Notes to the Editor:

1)    Al-Mizan Charitable Trust (Registered Charity No. 1135752) supports disadvantaged individuals and families living in poverty with grants and interest-free loans of up to 500.

2)    For media enquiries, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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