Boston masjid helps those in need

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Aamir Dohadwala, 12 and Humza Jagmug, 8 fill bags with meal at Anjuman-e-Ezzi in Billerica, on behalf of Neighbors in Need. Aamir, Pike school student and event organizer said, “I wanted to make a dent in the world, to take a stand and help people that need help."

December 3rd, 2017,

Its well known among young and old within the community that one should look out for one's neighbours. One of the ways in which this is achieved is by sharing one's meal with them to the extent that it is taught that one should make extra soup in the broth so if there is not sufficient meat to give to the neighbour one can still give them the soup which is 'one of both meats'.

Building Community is a year-long initiative to highlight aspects of the community that contribute to our sense of belonging and foster new connections.

With the commemoration of Prophet Muhammed'sSA birth, His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal SaifuddinTUS has focused on welfare to the needy as a priority for the community to reach out for. The community's worldwide centralised kitchen scheme, the Faizul Mawaid al-Burhaniyah, is at the forefront of this initiative to provide food to those who are not able to enjoy a regular, healthy meal.

To that end, Anjuman-e-Ezzi masjid at 246 Rangeway Road in the Boston, Massachusetts, suburb of Billerica packaged about 15,000 meals on December 2 for Neighbors in Need, an Andover-based nonprofit organization that serves residents in the greater Lowell and greater Lawrenes areas. The effort included congregation members as well as volunteers from the Billerica police, The Pike School in Andover and several faith-based organizations in Billerica and Lowell. Aamir Dohadwala, a 12-old-student at Pike School, was one of the coordinators. The meals included fortified rice and beans.

The congregation of Anjuman-e-Ezzi is part of the Dawoodi Bohra movement, a subset of the Shia branch of Islam. The mosque was constructed in 2004; prior its completion, the community met for prayers and functions at the Congregation Shalom synagogue in Chelmsford. The two worship centers have continued a partnership including cosponsoring outreach events.