The concept of feeding the hungry is pan-religious. Christianity is not alone — and nor has it ever been — in the fight against hunger. Despite differences in belief, La Salle students interact with those of the Islamic faith in order to reach out to the less fortunate.
Three members of a Leadership and Global Understanding (LGU) class, Jessica Seamon, Liana Irizarry and Conor Coleman visited Masjidullah, Inc.‘s home on Monday, Feb. 9 to touch base with its Imam, Michael Rashid.
Fellow students Zachary Renitsky and Anthony Fleet accompanied the trio to Masjidullah. Below are photos taken from their visit, along with information found on the community’s website.
In West Oak Lane, the community of Masjidullah, Inc. sits at the three-way intersection of 74th, Limekiln Pike and E. Washington Lane.
The non-profit organization is home to several neighborhood outreach programs, such as a school for children, fundraising programs, and volunteering services. This last feature proved to be the focus of the La Salle student’s meeting with Rashid.
Utilizing each day of the week — particularly Mondays — and drawing the focus towards women and children monopolized the discussion. Besides the aforementioned institute for children, Masjidullah also has the “Desert Club,” which works with youth and educates them on African traditions and culture.
True to its outreach roots, the non-profit is a certified emergency food cupboard with the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank. It often works in tandem with Pheed Philadelphia — not La Salle’s organization, but rather one organized by post-graduate volunteers.
The organization has plans for neighborhood outreach involving food and nutrition in the year ahead. A meeting in the coming week is scheduled bewteen the committee board members and the La Salle students.