WORTHING Mosque donated food items to the town’s homeless as part of their Ramadan celebrations.
The mosque, in Ivy Arch Road, is a regular supporter of Worthing Churches Homeless Projects. It used the Islamic Holy month of Ramadan to drive a campaign to provide food to the homeless people of Worthing.
Worshippers were encouraged to donate generously through a series of posters and awareness-raising throughout the month.
Imam Idris Nawab, the mosque’s spiritual leader, said: “Charity is a very important aspect of Islam, and during Ramadan Muslims are urged to be even more generous. Fasting daily helps to give us a better perspective of the experiences of those in this world who have very little. During the month we have supported charities all around the world, but we feel it is vital that we don’t forget those closer to home.”
Sue Stevens, fund-raising and PR manager for the charity, said: “It is wonderful the congregation at the mosque have chosen to support us in this way. In the past 12 months we have helped 534 individuals, every quarter we see around 60 new people, every night there are 56 people in our accommodation with another 20 to 30 people visiting our day centre on a daily basis, there are a lot of mouths to feed.
“We could not continue our work without the support of the local community, this donation of food is a great help.”
In addition to helping Worthing Churches Homeless Projects, Worthing Mosque has raised around £7,000 this month for charities in Pakistan, Syria, Palestine, Burma, Bangladesh and East Africa.