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SD Press Release

March 22, 2016

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#SadaqaDayLeeds - Muslims from Leeds engaged in Social Action

On Sunday 20th March 2016, Muslims of all denominations from Leeds came together to perform social action and to do good deeds for others in the local community. The Sadaqa Day team from Leeds brought together over 50 volunteers from a wide range of different communities, faiths and denominations to help give back and strengthen community relations in Leeds.

This year food donations from local business and from local Mosques and communities were collected and over 125 food-parcels were prepared for the poor and vulnerable, in conjunction with ‘PAFRAS’ – Positive Action for Refuges & Asylum Seekers. In addition, 100 new toys were collected and motivational cards were made to give to vulnerable children in care in Leeds, in conjunction with Child Friendly Leeds.

Children and young people also took part in clearing unkempt green spaces in the Lake district and more locally. Aisha Rashid (Coordinator of Leeds Muslim Youth Forum) - On Behalf of the Sadaqa Day Leeds Team; “This years Sadaqa Day event was a huge success due to the partnership of Muslim organisations that brought it all together and we were humbled by the turn out of volunteers who joined us from other faith groups, making Sadaqa Day an incredible interfaith experience”.

We are confident that Sadaqa Day will be an annual event that will celebrate the numerous good works that are carried out by Muslims across Leeds

End. Notes to editors

  1. The inspiration for Sadaqa day comes from the Jewish Initiative Mitzvah Day 365 and the many Islamic teachings on the blessings and virtues of charitable giving, extending far beyond the giving of money. Sadaqa Day will help to build upon and broaden the charitable contributions of the Muslim Community through the giving of time, where the lives of others and the state of our neighbourhoods are made that little bit better, Together!
  2. #SadaqaDayLeeds team is formed from partners from; Makkah Masjid Mosque, Leeds Grand Mosque, Abu Huraira Mosque, Leeds Muslim Youth Forum, Baab-ul-Ilm Mosque, Leeds Muslim Youth Group, Hamara Healthy Living Centre and Give a Gift (Leeds).
  3. For further information contact Qari Muhammed Asim (Imam of Makkah Mosque Leeds), qmasim@yahoo.com (07816667282) or Aisha Rashid Coordinator Leeds Muslim Youth Forum.