CAIRO – Attracting visitors from around Britain, London hosted the opening ceremony of the 21st year of Islam Awareness Week on Sunday, March 17, concentrating on the concept of charity and what it means in Islam, in a bid to promote social cohesion rather than dwelling on differences.
“Charity is more than just about giving money. It is about giving your time, your talents and yourself to others in so many different ways. It is about caring for your neighbors and the neighborhood in which you live,” a brochure published to promote Islam Awareness Week 2014, published on the IAW website, reads.
“Indeed this is an Islamic duty enjoined on all of us and, through positive action, Muslims can contribute to the wellbeing of the people and places around them,” it added.
Opening under the theme, Charity Begins At Home, Islam awareness week focuses on the concept of charity and what it means in Islam.
In its 21st anniversary, the event will focus on social action, showcasing some projects led by Muslims around the country.
These projects include food banks, soup kitchens, women’s refuges and more
“Our aim is to motivate and inspire more people to get involved in this much needed work with people of all faiths and from different backgrounds,” the brochure says.
Parallel events will be held across different cities in UK, including Bradford, Sheffield, Halifax and Leicester.
A Scotland version of Islam Awareness Week also runs from March 10-23, covering different interfaith, sports and religious events.
Islamic Society of Britain initiated Islam Awareness Week (IAW) in 1994, to raise awareness and remove misconceptions surrounding Britain’s second largest faith group.
IAW has been taking place in many towns and cities across the UK and since the year 2000, a theme has been chosen which highlights an issue which is of common concern across communities.
Britain is home to a Muslim community of nearly 2.7 million.
According to Islamic Shari`ah, a capable Muslim pays 2.5 percent mandatory payment and spend it to help the poor and the needy.
Last July, a survey by JustGiving charity website has found that Muslims top charity givers in the UK, compared with other faiths.
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