Mosques Urged to Hold 'Hunger Awareness Day' Food Drives
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
MOSQUES URGED TO HOLD 'HUNGER AWARENESS DAY' FOOD DRIVES
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/22/2007) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on American Muslims to support "Hunger Awareness Day" on June 5th by taking part in or initiating activities designed to help end hunger in the United States.
CAIR is urging Muslims to take actions such as contacting elected officials on the issue of hunger, hosting a mosque food drive or volunteering at a local food bank. The hunger awareness initiative is part of CAIR's third annual summer-long "Muslims Care" campaign designed to encourage volunteerism in the American Muslim community.
"Helping to make sure everyone in our society has enough to eat should be a top priority for Americans of all faiths," said CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed.
Ahmed quoted Islam's Prophet Muhammad, who said neglecting to feed the needy is a sin. The Prophet said: "He who has enough food for two, let him invite a third, and he who has food for four, let him invite a fifth or a sixth." He also said: "He whose food exceeds his needs, let him share it with those who do not have food." (Fiq-us-Sunnah)
She cited another Islamic tradition (hadith) in which God offers a spiritual reward for feeding the needy. God said: "(O humankind). . .Did you not know that had you fed (those in need), you would surely have found (the reward for doing so) with Me?" (Hadith Qudsi)
The Quran, Islam's revealed text, states: "(The truly virtuous are those) who feed the poor, the orphan and the captive for the love of God." (76:8)
Washington-area Muslims are also being asked to support efforts to raise breast cancer awareness by taking part in the Komen National Race for the Cure on Saturday, June 2.
Visitors to CAIR's "Muslims Care" website, http://muslims-care.com/, may download a toolkit containing information about how to become a volunteer and suggesting a variety of other volunteer activities such as blood drives, health awareness fairs and student tutoring. CAIR is suggesting that community members visit the website to submit local volunteer opportunities and to see what activities are available in their states.
The "Muslims Care" kit also offers advice to community religious leaders about how they can promote volunteerism in local mosques and suggests partnering with established volunteer groups such as the American Cancer Society and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Imams are being encouraged to give Friday sermons on the importance of volunteerism.
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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