(SAN JOSE, 9/20/07) - On Saturday, September 29, Muslims from the Greater San Francisco Bay Area will come together to hold the 4th Annual Humanitarian Day for the Homeless.
A coalition of Muslim organizations will provide hot meals, water, T-shirts, and hygiene packages to San Jose's homeless community. The Humanitarian Day is a day for the homeless to access multiple services without leaving their own precincts of the downtown community. Hundreds of deserving people in downtown San Jose are expected to be served
"Homelessness is a national epidemic in America, and can affect anyone at anytime," said Habibe Husain, founder of Rahima Foundation, the event's main organizer. "Since Ramadan is a time of increased compassion and caring for others, we aim to give the homeless community hope and relief to ease their struggle," she added.
The Day also coincides with the weekend that the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA) will host open houses in coordination with various Bay Area Mosques. Titled "Ramadan: A Month of Enlightenment", the events are part of an outreach effort designed to celebrate the Ramadan spirit of giving with neighbors and friends.
The coalition selected the holy month of Ramadan as a global observance that transcends race, religion and gender in a spirit of love, equality, and respect for each other and all of humanity.
WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 2007, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE: South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA), 325 N. 3rd Street, San Jose, CA (Across the street from Salvation Army Parking Lot)
SPONSORS: American Muslim Voice (AMV), Blossom Valley Muslim Community Center (BVMCC), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), Granada Islamic School (GIS), Hidaya Foundation, ILM Tree, Islamic Center of Fremont (ICF), Islamic Center of North America (ICNA), Indian Muslim Relief & Charities (IMRC), Islamic Networks Group (ING), Islamic School of Stanford, Islamic Society of East Bay (ISEB), Muslim Community Association (MCA), New Islamic Directions (NID), Northern American Islamic Shelter for the Abused (NISA), Peace Terrace Academy, Rahima Foundation, Silicon Valley Academy, South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA), SEMAH, United Muslims of America (UMA), Zaytuna Institute.