Story covered by Dan Hayes - Sheffield Star
A group of young Muslims in Sheffield hope to spread a universal message of peace by providing hot drinks and food to homeless people. As temperatures plummeted earlier this month, An Nasiha - a group which works locally and nationally to promote better understanding of Islam in the United Kingdom - hit the streets.
With a giant flask of tea and a bag full of food, they say they took as their inspiration one of Islam's central teachings - to spread peace and feed people.
Group member, Naheem Khaliq, said: "Living in England you think that everyone has got money but you would be shocked if you came out on to the streets. “You see reality and it breaks us up. We want other people to have what we have.”
“It is freezing cold but we have got heaters we can pay our bills. But there are people out here who are hungry cold and just need a bit of help.
Organisers say they hope the event will become a monthly occurrence - and encourage others to take up the group's message of ‘inspiration, guidance and light’.
They say their actions are grounded in 'classical, reputable' Islamic scholarship and traditions, firmly rooted in ensuring the preservation, promotion and understanding of the divine message.
Another group member, Mashood Nazir, said:
"When you are relaxed at home you don't really think about the homeless but we want to help our local people. "Our responsibility as good Muslims is to help the community - whether they be Muslims or non-Muslims - in their time of need."