Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre (GLMCC) has today (Friday 7th April) presented a £1.2 million cheque to international humanitarian aid charity Human Appeal, after just eight months of fundraising from within Birmingham’s Muslim community.

Centre Manager Amer Ijaz presented the cheque to Othman Moqbeel, CEO at Human Appeal, in a small ceremony at GLMCC.

In 2016, Birmingham Muslims helped GLMCC to raise one of the largest amounts by any local charity, supporting aid projects in Syria and Lebanon. The charity’s most significant appeal, the Syria Bread Project, aims to provide 42 million life-saving meals to Syrians facing and fleeing violence in the war-torn country.

In 2015, Task Force GLM (Green Lane Masjid) visited Syria to ask what they needed most; they responded with ‘just bread’. In 2015, the charity provided 18 million meals to people in Syria.

The money raised in Birmingham in 2016 will go to provide 3,000 tonnes of flour which will be transported into the country and used to provide bread to those in need. Funding will also provide essential winter supplies and bread for Syrian refugees in Lebanon who have fled the war.

Donating a proportion of wealth to the poor and needy is an essential part of Islam. This tradition is known as Zakat, a religious duty bestowed upon Muslims, and sees members of the Birmingham community donating significant sums of money to support projects at home and abroad throughout the year.

Facts:

  • There are over 13.5 million people in need of humanitarian aid in Syria

  • It is estimated that over 400,000 people have died in Syria

  • Through the Syria Bread Project, £280 feeds 6000 people

  • Task Force GLM has over 200 staff on the ground in Syria and Lebanon

  • Task Force GLM has a 100% donation policy

As one of the country's most forward-thinking and innovative mosques, Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre works relentlessly to fundraise and help its community. Along with their 6,000 congregants, Green Lane has spearheaded programs such as food banks, knife banks, careers advice, and a professional counselling and mentoring service.

To learn more about GLMCC and its initiatives, please visit http://www.greenlanemasjid.org/

PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham 

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