With the rising cost of living many households are feeling the pressures and with the expected increases this winter we know that families may face great difficulties in providing for the basic needs especially in terms of food and energy.
Looking after others in the community is a responsibility that is given to all as explained by the prophet (ﷺ)
Ibn Umar reported: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to people….” [Tabarani, al-Muʻjam al-Awsat, Hadith 6.139
Ibn Abbas reported: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while the neighbour to his side goes hungry.” [Baihaqi, Al-Sunan al-Kubra, Hadith 19049]
The context of neighbour is not just those on either side, but the neighbourhood as a whole.
Al-Hasan was asked about the neighbour and said, “The term ‘neighbour’ includes the forty houses in front a person, the forty houses behind him, the forty houses on his right and the forty houses on his left.” [Al-Adab Al-Mufrad, Hadith 109]
Islamic Centre Edgware is please to launch our hot meals project which will aim to offer free hot meals on the last Saturday of every month for those in desperate need. We have listed below the eligibility criteria and would welcome people to contact us if they are uncertain about their eligibility.
We can offer free meals to anybody claiming the following benefits and refugees / asylum seekers. This is so that we can ensure these limited supplies go to those most in need.
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Pension Credit
- Tax Credits (Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit)
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Support
- Social Fund (Sure Start Maternity Grant, Funeral Payment, Cold Weather Payment)
- Universal Credit.
Please register using this form below.
When you have registered with us, you will be given a specific ticket number which you will need to use when collecting food. Please arrive on time and bring bags with you if necessary as we will be handing out food containers to take away only. Please also note that the foods are halal and may contain meat & poultry and also may contain nuts, so you are advised to check with us if you have any allergies beforehand to see if we are able to cater for those.
If you are able to help out with preparation of food, transport for collections or distribution on the day, please let us know using the volunteer form
If you are able to donate financially for this worthy case, where it is as a business or individual, please let us know using our contact us form.
Items that can be donated should be non-perishables or those that have a long best before date including the following:
- Long-Life Milk
- Lentils & other pulses
- Pasta / Rice / Flour
- Tinned foods
- Sugar & Jam
- Pasta Sauce
- Instant Noodles
- Rice Pudding/Custard
- Baby foods
- Hand-Wash & Washing Up Liquid
May Allah reward those who donate their time and wealth.
Umar ibn al-Khattab reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was asked, “Which deeds are best?” The Prophet said, “To bring happiness to a believer, to satisfy his hunger, to clothe his nakedness, or to fulfill his needs.” [Tabarani, al-Mu’jam al-Awsat, Hadith 5081]
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “O Muslim women! None of you should look down upon the gift sent by her female neighbour even if it were the trotters of the sheep (fleshless part of legs). [Sahih al-Bukhari 2566]