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May 12 2011
Muslims have an obligation to help the homeless, says imam

A Muslim cleric has urged his religious followers to support a Christian-based homeless centre in Nottingham.

Imam Dr Musharraf Hussain al-Azhari said the work done by Emmanuel House would “please every person who has a love for humanity”. He added: “It will absolutely please God, please Christ and please the Prophet Mohammed.”

The independent city centre charity, which costs £300,000 a year to run, faces an uncertain future after losing £183,000 of core annual funding through council cuts in April. Few Muslims currently use the charity’s facilities, but Dr Hussain said Christians and Muslims alike should embrace the aims of Emmanuel House. “Muslims have an obligation to help and serve such people,” he said.

Emmanuel House’s Ruth Shelton said they had already raised more than £47,000 in donations and that the centre’s financial difficulties had brought out the best in people.

She said: “It’s shown how much goodness there is in the community. Every day, there comes an elderly lady with a jar of 2p pieces or a businessman brings in a cheque for £1,000.

“It’s not just about the money. It’s about the support and the affection.”