Al-Qur‘an  Ch 107 The Neighborly Needs: v 1-7
Seest thou one who denies the Judgment?    Then such is the one who repulses the orphan and encourages not the feeding of the indigent. So woe to the worshippers who are neglectful of their prayers – those who want to be seen but refuse to supply neighborly needs.

Masjid Al-Mu’minun is located at 4412 South Third Street in the 38109 zip code, an area designated as a “food desert”.   Although our congregation is Muslim, the overwhelming majority of our neighbors are not.  But we all know it’s good not to go hungry. That’s common knowledge for Muslims, Christians, and anybody else in 38109.   And we also know it’s good to feed the needy.  So on the last Saturday of each month, from noon to 3pm, we become a “food oasis” in the “food desert”.

“None of you believes until he wants for his brother what he wants for himself” – a saying from Prophet Muhammad

The food we distribute to our neighbors is NEVER food that we would reject for ourselves.  Although some  commodities are acquired from Mid-South Food Bank, of whom we are an affiliate, over 90% of our food is  provided by donations from the Muslim community at large  and  approximately 90% of our recipients are our neighbors who are not Muslims.   This is one example of working together for the common good – with faith as a springboard, not a barrier.

-Rashad Sharif-

Halal Food Pantry At Masjid Al-Mu’minun