by Karimah bint Dawoud, muslim chaplain
Alhamdulillah, once again Teama Cuisina were out in full force on the streets feeding London’s homeless in central London.
This is our ethos,
Quran, chapter 2 Surat Al Baqara, The Cow, verse 267
“O you who have believed, spend from the good things which you have earned and from that which we have produced for you from the earth. And do not aim toward the defective therefrom; spending [from that] while you would not take it [yourself] except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is free of need and praiseworthy.”
We have a Royal Society of Environmental Health and Food Hygiene accreditation and we seek to provided good quality halal food that is nourishing prepared and transported in the best possible way.
This is time two of the sisters did their recipes, Moroccan version of Chilli Con Carne that was delicious and another sister made fantastic Asian dhall with spinach masala, both served with vegetable rice and a drink.At the last minute another lovely Moroccan sister turned up with two pots of a Moroccan dhaal, rolled her sleeves up and mucked in , may Allah reward her ameen. She had left her children with her lovely hubby and came mashallah.
When we are giving out the food everything happens so fast, it’s not easy to speak with the people however we did get to speak with a few of them.
One Christian man from Portugal Cape Verde who had been staying in a hostel and his stuff was stolen and that’s about as much as we could understand , another Caribbean woman standing in a doorway, moving around with nowhere specific to stay. We met a Palestine brother, homeless.
Many homeless people don’t want to talk, they are vulnerable, their English is limited, they have severe trust issues, who can blame them.
Inshallah we can make better relationships when they see us more often, with your support. The others sisters who came with us will Inshallah tell stories of their experience that night.
The food was good enough to be served at any charity dinner mashallah.
We aimed to feed 50 people but managed over 70 Alhamdulillah
May Allah reward all those who donated money , time and skills, even the carrying a bag to and from the car, the brothers from the butchers who help us out and the brother who did a bit of graphic for our posters.
The sisters who cook and pack the food are stars, that why we always call them sistars, each and every one of them shines more brightly than the moon mashallah.
We are in the process of registering as a non-profit company, known as a charity in our constitution. Your financial donation make all the difference to us arriving at that point where we can apply for charitable status as we have to have £5,000 gone through our account before we can apply to the charity commission, please help make this possible. As soon as we are registered with company house, we will let you know inshallah.
Feeding the needy is a noble action often encouraged by Allah’s words in the Quran, so when you feel ready to get involved, please contact us
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May Allah bless you ameen