As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end, stories of selfless deeds by followers of Islam are featuring in newsfeeds worldwide.
Here are 3 in particular that stood out.
London Muslims host meal for people affected by Grenfell Tower fire
The Grenfell Tower fire is one of the worst tragedies to hit the UK in living memory, with the official death toll standing at 58 at the time of writing.
That number is expected to grow.
Many local residents are both Muslim and volunteers for the Penny Appeal charity.
Wanting to help those affected by the fire, they organized a public Iftar meal at sunset. While primarily for those breaking their daily fast, anyone and everyone was welcome to join in.
Tablecloths were laid out along the street, where water, soft drinks, bread, and fruit were offered to all who wished to accept it.
Zia Salik, head of fundraising at the charity Islamic Relief, told The Independent that “there was a huge outpouring from the community to say ‘we want to do something’.”
And do something for the local community they certainly did.
Filipino Muslims lend hijabs to Christians to help them escape ISIS
As ISIS militants continue to occupy the town of Marawi in The Philippines, tales of local Muslims helping their Christian brethren to escape have emerged.
The situation is desperate, with around 1,500 people said to be trapped in the besieged city.
Being held as human shields, they are at constant risk of perishing under the attacks of those attempting to liberate them.
Starvation too is another huge issue, as local politician Zia Alonto Adiong explained.
“Some residents are eating (cardboard) boxes. They just dip it in water to soften the material and eat it,” he said.
However, some have managed to flee, either on foot or by swimming across the river.
It’s in these escapes that the best aspects of the human race emerge from the darkness, as told by Dr. Gioia Ancheta.
“Some of the stories that stuck were Muslims helping protect Christian workers by letting them borrow a hijab,” said the head of the local psychosocial therapy team.
Proof that, among good people, life always trumps religious sides.
LA Muslims help the homeless on Skid Row again
Muslims in the greater Los Angeles area have been gathering to help the homeless on Skid Row for almost 2 decades now, and this year is no different.
As Ramadan comes to a close, the 18th annual Humanitarian Day will take place.
It’s an event that will see hundreds of volunteers coming together to provide fresh meals, hygiene kits, clothing and towels, backpacks and school supplies to those who need them most.
As Umar Hakim, executive director of the ILM Foundation and lead organizer of Humanitarian Day, said in a statement, “We are Angelenos, we are Americans, we are Muslims and we are goodwill ambassadors living the values of our Islamic faith through service to those in need.”
One recent report stated that Los Angeles County’s homeless population has risen 23% over the last year, making the Humanitarian Day effort arguably more important than ever before.
It certainly has the potential to help more people than ever before.
Along with the donation of supplies, medical screenings will also be provided by University Muslim Medical Association clinic physicians, and free dental services will be provided by Dental Care for Children.
Further Humanitarian Day events also took place in Santa Ana, Pasadena, and the Inland Empire.