Generous Birmingham Muslims attending a major Ramadan prayer meeting last night (Wednesday, June 21) have raised an incredible £435,000 for a humanitarian charity working to help Syrian orphans.
Attendees at evening prayers at Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre (GLMCC) for the 27th night of the holy month of fasting, which is called Laylat al-Qadar or Night of Power - the day Muslims believe Mohammed first revealed the verses of the Quran.
In what was the largest amount raised ever by the mosque in one evening, worshippers pledged the cash for Saving Syria campaign, which is run by Human Appeal, the fastest growing British Muslim faith-based charity that delivers aid and development programmes to some of the world’s poorest and underprivileged nations.
It will use the donation to support the charity’s orphanage in Turkey, which has fully trained staff that provide psychological aid to children who have lost families and been displaced as a result of the war.
The donation comes just weeks after the Mosque’s fundraising arm Taskforce GLM handed over a £1.2 million cheque to Human Appeal following just eight months of fundraising from within Birmingham’s Muslim community.
And in the past month, Taskforce GLM has raised about £90,000 for the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and sent volunteers to London to organise food, bedding and clothing in conjunction with Birmingham-based security firm ISA Support Services. It has also raised £28,000 for the victims of the Manchester attack, which killed 22 people and injured 116.
GLMCC Centre Manager Amer Ijaz said: “Zakat, the giving to charity, is a fundamental requirement of Muslims during Ramadan and we have been overwhelmed once again by the community’s generosity, who have donated £435,000 in a single evening. Because Taskforce GLM is run by volunteers, we are able to give every penny donated to Human Appeal to be spent on humanitarian aid.
“We’ve also supported those affected by appalling tragedies closer to home by sending a team to help set up a support service in London after the Grenfell Tower disaster and raising funds for those who have lost everything in the fire. We also sent a donation to a charity helping families affected by the Manchester attacks.”
Othman Moqbel, CEO of Human Appeal, said: “As well as tragedy throughout the holy month of Ramadan, there has been unrivalled generosity. British Muslims have given so much to help those in need here in the UK and around the globe. This Eid we will celebrate the generosity of the Muslim community, in the face of efforts to divide Britain’s communities with violence, we will spread the love needed to conquer the hatred.
“Nothing demonstrates our commitment to solidarity with our brothers and sisters more than people giving to help people they have never met before and may never meet. We are asking everyone to embrace and celebrate that solidarity this Eid.”
As one of the country's most forward-thinking and innovative mosques, Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre works tirelessly to fundraise and help its community. Along with their 6,000 congregants, Green Lane has spearheaded programmes such as food banks, knife banks, careers advice, and a professional counselling and mentoring service.
To learn more about the Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre’s initiatives, visit http://www.greenlanemasjid.org/
For more information on Human Appeal, visit https://donate.humanappeal.org.uk/
PR By Clive Reeves PR Birmingham