Surrey Muslims Help Vulnerable This Xmas

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Volunteers from Surrey’s Ahmadiyya Muslim community are helping the vulnerable mark a special Christmas in a very difficult year by delivering food, toys, and gifts.

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)

“Where we used to go out in large numbers to help the vulnerable, people are isolating. For that reason, we’re doing ‘toy drives’ to the local area, Guildford, Aldershot and Tilford,” Nadeem Ahmed, a spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), Surrey Live reported.

Every year, young volunteers organized in large groups to deliver aid, cook meals, and help the homeless.

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In 2020, as COVID-19 lockdown continues, they had to make changes to the way they work – dropping items off in the absence of large gatherings.

In addition to delivering toys, volunteers are working with organizations such as food banks and the Salvation Army to help find those most in need to deliver food and gifts.

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Volunteers, some as young as five, will also pack and deliver gifts such as chocolates and flowers to children’s hospital wards and care homes.

“The motivation is our faith that drives us, as Muslims we are told to help fellow beings. We don’t want to see anyone hungry [or] going through difficult times,” Nadeem said.

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“This is the festive season, and as the Ahmadi Muslim Youth Association, we just want to support the people who are in need of it.

“It’s been a tough year, and we hope that the new year will bring us more joy, and a prosperous future in 2021.”

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