Muslim community in Leicester donates homeless supplies during Ramadan

24-hours after more than 100,000 Imams urged British Muslims not to fight in Syria, Muslims in Leicester are packing up aid parcels for a local homeless charity as part of Ramadan celebrations.

Ismaili Muslim community donate supplies for the homeless

People at the Ismaili Muslim Community Centre, in Hamilton in Leicester, were donating food for the homeless during the holy month of Ramadan.

Volunteers, at the Ismaili Muslim Community Centre, donating food for the homeless Credit: ITV News Central

Community leader, Zuli Hassam, explained the project and said:

We are packaging essential items, both food and non-food items, all of which are going into boxes that have been donated by members of our community. Some items have been procured through donations that we have received and this is all an effort that we are engaging in for the month of Ramadan.

Children help pack boxes of food and supplies for the homeless at the Ismaili Muslim Community Centre in Hamilton Credit: ITV News Central

Children were also among those volunteering to pack boxes for the homeless and one young boy said how people were working together:

It's a really good way to bring the community together and everyone's involved so its a really good way for the community to do good things for others too.

Another volunteer, a young girl, said it was great to help others less fortunate:

I thought it was a great cause to be helping others. so it's good to help others that are less fortunate than us. So as you can see everyone's working as a team together, so it's great to be able to help those that don't have stuff that we take for granted.

Extremist Muslims are 'a very small minority' says community leader

24-hours after more than 100,000 Imams urged British Muslims not to fight in Syria, Muslim community leaders said only a small minority are being radicalised.

Today, people at the Ismaili Muslim Community Centre, in Hamilton in Leicester, were donating food for the homeless during the holy month of Ramadan.

Volunteers, at the Ismaili Muslim Community Centre, donating food for the homeless Credit: ITV News Central

Volunteers at the centre said Islam is a peaceful religion and say the faith has been demonised by recent events.

Zuli Hassam, leader at the Ismaili Muslim Community Centre, in Hamilton in Leicester said:

This is a small group of people who have chosen something - either because they have been radicalised in this way or they have been manipulated - but they are a very small minority. The majority of Muslims are peace-loving, law-abiding citizens who care for each other and who care for society.

Zuli Hassam, leader at the Ismaili Muslim Community Centre Credit: ITV News Central

Hasina Kassam, who volunteers at the centre, spoke of how extremism has given people a false perception of Muslims and said:

It's very sad, it's all misunderstood and unfortunately we all get labelled with one brush. But we're part of the Ismaili community and the Aga Khan is our spiritual leader. We're all into humanity, we all want to serve one another, we're all regarded as brothers and sisters. There's no division.

Hasina Kassam, a volunteer at the Ismaili Muslim Community Centre Credit: ITV News Central

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Muslims in Leicester help the homeless during Ramadan

Muslims in Leicester help the homeless during Ramadan Credit: Vesa Moilanen/STT-Lehtikuva/Press Association Images

Muslims in Leicester will be packing up aid parcels today for a local homeless charity as part of Ramadan celebrations.

350 people supported by Action Homelessness will receive a parcel containing toothpaste, shampoo and some food.

Shehnaaz, one of the volunteers said

Voluntary service is a long standing tradition in the Ismaili Muslim community and a value which we have grown up with. I feel very privileged and excited to take part in the Share a Smile campaign.