“We believe strongly that charitable work is 90 percent of our religion, to give up something to another,” said Syed. “It’s an extension of our daily life to have faith in your heart and through actions. We’re all here working toward a common goal to uplift others in our community.”
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Fred Stegner, operator of the soup kitchen, is overwhelmed with emotion at the support from collaborations like this as demand in the Springfield community for such items is always high.
Imam Yunus Lasania of Masjid Al-Madina is similarly touched by being able to share with the community and its interest in activities at the mosque.
After his father’s recent passing, Lasania said there was an outpouring of sympathy from community members. He’s also pleased the mosque has several guests at its Friday services.
“A gentleman stopped in the other day and asked for something to read and I was happy to give him something,” said Lasania. “As a Muslim, you cannot be a believer until you show love for your human brothers.”
The mosque is developing partnership projects with other area churches, including a food pantry with Masjid An-Nur Mosque.