Reach­ing out to an­other re­li­gion

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

Bi­bra Lake Mosque do­nates food for lo­cal fam­i­lies for Christ­mas.

MEM­BERS of a Bi­bra Lake mosque have do­nated more than $1000 worth of food for lo­cal fam­i­lies in need to en­joy this Christ­mas.

Juices, long-life milk, canned food and snacks were among the boxes and bags of food col­lected by Nasir Mosque mem­bers, which was then do­nated to lo­cal not-for-profit group Cooby Cares to help fam­i­lies do­ing it tough.

Nasir Mosque Imam Kam­ran Tahir said their faith taught them to give to those in need, re­gard­less of skin colour, re­li­gion or creed.

“The idea came about when I saw the home­less­ness within Perth as well as Cock­burn and, be­ing orig­i­nally from Eng­land, we al­ways learnt that Christ­mas was a time of fam­i­lies com­ing to­gether and giv­ing to those who are not able to en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

“Af­ter get­ting in con­tact with Cooby Cares we set up the food bank last year and now I have turned this into an an­nual ini­tia­tive that we will be do­ing ev­ery year dur­ing Christ­mas.

“The Ah­madiyya Mus­lim com­mu­nity will al­ways be at the fore­front when it comes to help­ing a fel­low hu­man re­gard­less of their faith, but this time what truly made me happy was that mem­bers from out­side of the Ah­madiyya Mus­lim com­mu­nity also came to the mosque to do­nate food who were not Mus­lims them­selves.

“The Ah­madiyya mosque serves as a place of wor­ship but moreso it also serves a place that is part of the com­mu­nity at large and hence it lays a great re­spon­si­bil­ity upon mem­bers that at­tend the mosque to help in any way pos­si­ble.”

Wanda Keightly, Imam Kam­ran Tahir and Cooby Cares’ Gary Allen.

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