Muslim Religious Obligations Provide Learning Moments for Huntsville Residents

January 11, 2006

Source: The Huntsville Times

On January 11, 2006 The Huntsville Times reported, "More than 100... homeless clients enjoyed lunches brought to First Stop [a day center for the homeless in Huntsville] Tuesday by members of Masjid Tauhid, a predominantly black mosque; the Huntsville Islamic Center, a predominantly Sunni Muslim mosque; and the Alabama Islamic Education Center of Alzahra, a predominantly Shi'a Muslim mosque. Leaders from each Muslim denomination brought [members of] each congregation to coordinate the lunch, given in honor of Eid al Adha, the last day of the annual hajj... Muslims traditionally celebrate the day with prayers, family feasts and gift-giving, and acts of kindness to people in need. As well as bringing food Tuesday, the Muslim women also gave white roses to the homeless here... [A number of homeless clients expressed appreciation for this] opportunity to learn more about Muslims."