Many times, when we think of giving charity, we think of those who are in need in far away places. But in reality, there are many people in need here on our own doorstep.


WHAT HAS MADE US HEEDLESS OF THEM?

A revert sister … she and her family are trying to get income from collecting scrap. She doesn’t have acces to benefits. She is giving priority to paying the rent so as not to become homeless again. Being behind on her bill payments, she kept the heating off this winter. Priority for food is given to her 3 year old daughter. On top of this, she worries about her mother who needs a kidney operation back home next month which she can’t afford. She said she keeps turning to Allah to help her. She knows very little English to communicate her needs with others.

Who is she? She is your sister.

She finally decided she could take no more and left her abusive husband, taking her five children with her. They left with nothing but the clothes on their backs. She has been rehoused but her new accommodation has no furniture. She is struggling to pay the bills and clothe and feed the children. During Ramadan, money was so tight, they had no food left to break their fast. 

Who is she? She is your sister.

A sister lives with her 8 year old son in a high rise block of flats. She has been a victim of Islamophobic abuse from neighbours for a long time now. She had men follow her, children beat her and eggs thrown at her flat. She was trying to get employed to call her husband over to the UK, but has been struggling. Her marriage has just broken up. Her family has been affected by the recent conflict in some Arab countries. Her sister who was her only remaining sibling has just died- her youngest is only 2 years old. Her elderly mother is alone now. She can’t stop crying…

Who is she? She is your sister.

Sisters’ Food Bank was founded with the intention of pleasing Allah by striving to meet the needs of some of these people. We have chosen to focus our service on assisting women and children, often the most vulnerable members of society. In particular, we are striving to help women during times of crisis, be it financial or emotional, to show them  that there are people who care. The types of women that we help may be in domestic violence refuges, recently divorced, failed asylum seekers, suffering from serious illness or struggling to pay the bills and keep a  roof over their head. We strive to help them through this difficult period in their lives by delivering weekly Food Boxes, referral information, some inspirational reading, and a smile.

We are in need of volunteers to help us by donating a Food Box (which costs around £10) once in a month, or visiting a sister in need.  Read more…


THE REWARD:

“And whatever you spend in good, it will be repaid to you in full, and you shall not be wronged.”
(Surah Al Baqarah, ayah 272)

“And they give food, in spite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to the Miskin (the poor), the orphan, and the captive”
(Surah Al Insaan, ayah 8 )

“Whosoever relieves a believer’s distress of the distressful aspects of this world, Allah will rescue him from a difficulty of the difficulties of the Hereafter.”
(Recorded in Muslim)

“The best deed in the sight of Allah is that which is done regularly.”
(Recorded in Al-Bukhari)