Metro Area Muslims give Homeless a Hearty Donation

January 5, 2007

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

BLOOMFIELD HILLS -- Over the next several days, the hungry in Metro Detroit will be eating a meat not often available at homeless shelters and soup kitchens -- ample servings of lamb.

The donation of 14,000 pounds of mostly lamb comes from Muslims throughout Metro Detroit as part of the celebration of one of two major feasts on the Islamic calendar, the Festival of Sacrifice, or Eid al-Adha.

The collection of meat, after the ceremony of sacrificing live animals, was organized by various mosques in Metro Detroit and by the Muslim Shura Council of Michigan, a coalition of mosques.

"It's a nice treat," said John Kastler of the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

"It comes at a good time, too. After the holiday season, there is almost a natural tendency to forget about hunger, and this makes a fine gift for our community and we really welcome it."