A "Muslims Serve Day" will take place at the Community Soup Kitchen next month.
Serving at the soup kitchen gives the Muslim community an opportunity to participate in an "act of righteousness" and show the community at large the true and compassionate face of Muslims and Islam, said Zamir Hassan, a coordinator with Muslims Against Hunger.
"It is an Islamic tradition to feed the poor and needy on any kind of memorable occasion in our life," Hassan said. "This time of the year the crowd in soup kitchens is larger than usual because bad weather has put many day laborers out of work. Also, seniors on fixed incomes are running low on cash as the month wears down."
The event is part of the "Muslims Against Hunger Project," which launched a "Fight Against Hunger in Our Backyard" campaign by organizing "Muslims Serve Days" in various parts of the New York metropolitan area, with Morristown's Community Soup Kitchen being one of the locations. Similar events will take place in Hackensack and in Hempstead, Long Island.
Volunteers, who could be men or women of any religion, will prepare hot lunches and serve the working poor, hungry and homeless at the soup kitchens.
The Morristown event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 17. Officials said the Soup Kitchen, which is located at 36 South St., generally serves from 125 to 275 individuals each day.
The group is seeking 20 volunteers, who also could work partial shifts of 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.; 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.; or 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Participants also can sponsor the cost of the meals at $5.74 each. The tax deductible donations can be made by sending checks to "Al-Hilal," P.O. Box 12, Pluckemin, NJ 07978.
For more information, call (908) 364-4441, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Web site for the organization is www.muslimsagainsthungerusa.org.