London mosque offers help, food to needy

Giving back to the community, London mosque welcomes dozens of needy people who come to share worries and hopes

London mosque offers help, food to needy

World Bulletin / News Desk

Inspired by one of the main Islam's principles of charity, a mosque in London offers hot meals and psychological support once a week for those out at heels.

According to Mohammad Ali, the deputy director of the mosque, such an initiative aims "to serve the communities around," within the framework several inter-religious projects.

Located in London Borough of Islington, Finsbury Park Mosque opens its doors for London’s homeless once a week to show the true face of Islam. Social workers at the mosque welcome dozens of needy people who come to share worries and hopes.

One of the volunteers said that the homeless are finding the social security they lack on the streets. "The mosque hopes to provide better meals with more regularity," he added.

Ali believes that Muslims should have a role in social integration, so the mosque hosts a number of activities that target both Muslims and non-Muslims. 

Although the mosque was often overshadowed by its old links with extremist preacher Abu Hamza, who was sentenced to life in a U.S. prison, now it is the only one in the country to have received the charity commission-endorsed Visible Quality Award for its work in the community. 

The mosque was branded as a “terrorism risk” on the confidential database used by 49 out of the world’s biggest 50 banks.

Shortly after HSBC's decision to close mosque accounts, the Finsbury Park mosque has received some 15 emails and letters which included hand drawn images depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a devil worshipper.

Following Paris attack earlier this year, the mosque came under a barrage of hate mails, death threats and offensive cartoons.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Ağustos 2015, 11:07
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