In North London’s Waltham Forest, people who too often go hungry will be able to enjoy a meal together this week thanks to a local community initiative supported by Muslim Aid.
Local resident and community activist Saira Mir works on Pl84U, a cross community interfaith scheme that brings hot food and other support for those who need it most. She works with homeless people, people in food poverty, and Syrian refugees adapting to their new lives.
As well as nutrition, the meals help tackle isolation, and other practical bits of help including a clothes bank are also provided.
Saira’s organisation is one of those receiving Qurbani meat from British Muslim donors via Muslim Aid this year. Last year people’s generosity enabled Muslim Aid to help 241,377 people in 17 countries. This year our Need is Greatest option is providing food to the most vulnerable people we work with across the globe, while our UK Qurbani options goes towards helping people across the UK who are dependent on food banks.
Muslim Aid’s distribution will ensure Saira and those she works with have the ingredients for filling, healthy hot meals for their community.
Qurbani, the Islamic tradition of sacrificing an animal to share with family, neighbours and those in need, is performed on Eid-ul-Adha (the end of the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca), which will begin on 11th August. It is a religious duty for those able to perform it, and an important means to both remember and provide for the most vulnerable.
Muslim Aid ensures that people without food in some of the world’s most difficult places are able to benefit from the support of British Muslims. The donations it receives through the Qurbani campaign (starting at £28 for a family package) go directly to providing quality meat in the places we work.
Qurbani is an important tradition in the Islamic faith, practised on the holiest days of the year. But the values it embodies, of community, solidarity and caring for each other, are universal human values.