Community Raises $280K to Keep Afloat Halal Restaurant that Feeds Homeless

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The owner of a Kebab restaurant in Washington DC has been offering free meals to homeless on a daily basis for the past few years, opening doors for an audience that’s rarely welcome in elegant eateries.

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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.

“Whoever gives food to a fasting person with which to break his fast will have a reward equal to his, without it detracting in the slightest from the reward of the fasting person” Al-Tirmidhi

Kazi Mannan owns Sakina House Grill restaurant located a few blocks from the White House and one of the many places in Washington DC inhabited by the homeless.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sakina Halal Grill offered meals to business men and women side by side with the homeless.

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That’s because Kazi made a promise: anyone who needs a meal, even if they can’t pay for it, is welcome.

“I prayed to God that if I ever have a restaurant, I will announce on the first day that I will bring in the homeless people,” Kazi told ABC 8.

“You can come in hundreds, I will never say no… you’re welcome to eat free with respect and dignity. We will treat you the same.”

After the COVID-19 pandemic, the generous now needs help himself to keep his business afloat.

A GoFundMe page created on November 11 on behalf of the restaurant says, “We are underwater and looking to survive this season so the doors do not close on Sakina Halal Grill.”

Kazi supported flood the fundraiser with donations raising an impressive $282,490 in less than a week.

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On November 16th, Kazi posted a message of thanks to his supporters. 

“Dear family and friends, Thank you for getting us out of water. We appreciate every share, donation, and prayer. God bless you, Washington dc, and our mission,” he wrote.

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