Preston’s Muslim community comes together to feed city homeless in Flag Market feast

Posted on - 12th August, 2012 - 6:11pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Food & Drink, Preston News
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A stand of treats brought by volunteers to the Flag Market

Preston’s Flag Market was turned into a kitchen on Saturday night to feed hundreds of homeless people.


Volunteers from the city’s Muslim community filled out stalls as part of a campaign which started on Facebook.

The usual soup was swapped for naans, dahl and rice in a plethora of different Asian dishes.

Ali Amia wrote on the events Facebook page: “In under two weeks, seven people came together and organised Preston feeds the homeless, using social media.

“Everyone including the hundreds of volunteers, contributors, guests and most importantly the homeless made last night very special and a huge success.

“Big thank you to all the volunteers, you worked tirelessly all night. May God bless you all.”

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Two of the event organisers show off one of the plates of food on offer

Organiser Safiya Hussain said: “Wow! Subhanallah, what a beautiful evening and what beautiful people you all are!

“THANK YOU all so much for coming together and giving the needy on our streets such a great evening. The most amazing moments were seeing the homeless with happy faces, seeing so many strangers praying magrib salah together out in the open (brought a tear to my eye) and seeing you guys being so incredibly generous and helpful.

“We did this for the love of God and our fellow human beings, and, I don’t know about you, but I have found a new love for all you guys, strangers or not, and I pray that God too has found a great new love for you. We became ONE tonight.. May god bless you all x :-)”

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Hundreds of people were on the Flag Market until late on Saturday 11 August

The event could become a weekly occurance during the Ramadan period.

Were you at the event? What did you take? Let us know in the comments below

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