During a fundraising event on Laylat al-Qadr during Ramadan, the Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre (GLMCC) raised £435,000 for UK-based aid and development charity Human Appeal. The impressive sum will be put towards supporting the organisation’s orphanage located in Turkey, which is helping to look after and provide psychological support to youngsters who have been forced to flee their homes because of the ongoing conflict in Syria.
Laylat al-Qadr, or the ‘Night of Power’, takes place on the 27th night of Ramadan and marks the night when the Qur’an was first revealed by Allah to the Prophet Muhammad. It’s a time many Muslims choose to spend in prayer and study.
Largest ever sum raised by the GLMCC in one night
The donation, which was pledged to the Saving Syria campaign, was the largest sum ever raised by the Birmingham mosque on one evening. Centre manager at the GLMCC Amer Ijaz said that he was “overwhelmed” by the generosity of the local community.
He added that because the mosque’s fundraising arm Taskforce GLM is staffed by volunteers, every penny of the money given to Human Appeal with go towards providing humanitarian aid.
Responding to the donation, CEO of Human Appeal Othman Moqbel said that throughout Ramadan, people had shown “unrivalled generosity”. He also spoke of the importance of spreading love and conquering hatred, and stated that Muslims living in the UK have given so much to help people living both at home and abroad.
The GLMCC has a history of raising large sums for the charity, which used to be known as Human Appeal International. The money generated on Laylat al-Qadr came only a matter of weeks after Taskforce GLM gave a cheque to the non-profit for £1.2 million, which was raised over a period of eight months from within the Muslim community in Birmingham.
Taskforce GLM also raised tens of thousands of pounds to help support the people affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, and it sent volunteers to London to help organise bedding, clothing and food.
In addition, it generated £28,000 for those caught up in the violence of the recent bombing in Manchester, which claimed 22 lives and resulted in over 100 people suffering injuries.
Meanwhile, with the help of its 6,000 worshippers, the GLMCC has led programmes including counselling and mentoring services, careers advice projects, food banks and knife banks to help improve life in the community.