MANCHESTER – Wishing a pleasant Christmas for Manchester's needy, a mosque in Old Trafford metropolitan borough is preparing hundreds of delicious meals to feed homeless during the festive season.
"It’s great that the mosque is providing meals to make sure that people can have a very merry Christmas," Kate Green, MP for Stretford & Urmston, who participates in preparing the meals, told Mancunian Matters on Tuesday, December 17.
Every year, Faizan-e-Islam mosque offers an alternative Christmas dinner to hungry people on Manchester's Trafford borough.
This year the mosque will offer an alternative to the Turkish dinner with a delicious Curry flavor to the needy on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Kate, who was also joined by Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd, said that efforts by the mosque members were appreciated for carrying over the needy help during Christmas vacation.
"I was very pleased to help members of the mosque prepare meals for local people at Christmas once again," said Green, who was joined by Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd.
“We all like to enjoy a meal over the holiday season but unfortunately, as times are really tough for people round here, this isn’t always possible for everyone to do so."
The meals will be distributed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day between 12 and 2 pm at Faizan-e-Islam Educational and Cultural Centre in Old Trafford.
Christmas is the main festival on the Christian calendar. Its celebrations reach its peak at 12:00 PM on December 24 of every year.
Muslims believe in Jesus as one of the great Prophets of God and that he is the son of Mary but not the Son of God. He was conceived and born miraculously.
In the Noble Qur’an, Jesus is called "Isa". He is also known as Al-Masih (the Christ) and Ibn Maryam (Son of Mary).
Muslim scholars assert that Muslims have their own identity and in order to keep this identity they must not celebrate Christmas or holidays of non-Muslims.
By participation in Christmas, they say, it is possible that slowly one may lose his or her consciousness of this basic point of difference between Islam and Christianity.
Manchester Muslim community asserted their will to serve a hot dinner to the needy during Christmas.
“We all know that Christmas and New Year are times of great celebration, but some people may be on their own, homeless or may be struggling to make ends meet," said Shabir Abdul, one of the volunteers.
“We talked about how we could reach out to help them and felt that offering meals was a great way to give people the chance to have a great curry and also to enjoy a bit of conversation – everyone will be welcome.”
Britain is home to a sizable Muslim minority of nearly 2.7 million.
On Wednesday, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has released Christmas cards, congratulating the public on the festive season and assuring them that Muslims do not want to ban Christmas.
"Put up the Christmas tree, prepare the roast, wrap the presents and spread the Yuletide joy," MCB said on its website.
Last December, Muslim campaign in Blackburn town had collected tones of food for the needy during this Christmas where more than 20,000 food items were collected by the drive.
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