Lancashire Muslims Raise £20,000 to Help Local Hospice

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A Lancashire hospice has invited Muslim volunteers and mosque representatives to a special event to thank the Muslim community for efforts in raising £20,000 to support the hospital.

FEED THE POOR

Feeding the poor and needy is an act that draws us closer to Allah. We earn His forgiveness, mercies and blessings through this act of charity.

“Anyone who looks after and works for a widow and a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah?s cause, or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all night. (Bukhari)

The money raised to help East Lancashire Hospice followed an appeal launched by the Muslim community last Ramadan.

“We are incredibly grateful that such a staggering amount of over £20,000 was raised during Ramadan by our community, but also that the event succeeded in raising awareness of the services available,” Leanne Green, head of fundraising and marketing, told Lancashire Telegraph.

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“The event highlighted that East Lancashire Hospice needs £4 million each year to maintain our services. Volunteers are a vital part of that support so we were pleased that so many guests were asking how they could volunteer.”

The appeal was spearheaded by Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Cllr Suleman Khonat who supported the charity for many years.

Overwhelming Support

Addressing the mosque representatives, Cllr Khonat said he had been overwhelmed by the support he received from the mosques.

“I know during Ramadan there are so many charities that you could support,” he said.

“When we make an announcement during Ramadan we only have two minutes before the fast opens. But that small amount of time can make a difference. Trust me that collection goes a long long way when you see people here who are not well.

“We are really grateful. Your support is so vital to keep the services going here.”

Generosity and charity are generally blessed in Islamic Shari`ah.

Islam encourages Muslims to treat their neighbors in a gentle way that reflects its true and genuine spirit, as exemplified in its tolerant aspect especially with people of other faiths.

It makes no difference whether the neighbors are Muslim or non-Muslim.

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