They are part of the national fabric that holds our country together. They contribute to America in many ways, and deserve the same respect as any of us. I pledge to spread this message, and affirm our country’s principles of liberty and justice for all.
Posted by mfa on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Our newest video, entitled “Muslim Man Feeds Homeless Through Christian Charity”, features Muslim Lakhani, a DC-based entrepreneur and philanthropist of Pakistani origin, and Major Stephen Morris, commander of the National Capital Area Division of The Salvation Army. Together, they tell the story of how Lakhani came to be a major supporter of the Salvation Army in DC and how their interfaith collaboration has birthed a true friendship.
Major Morris is a fourth generation Salvationist. Through the Salvation Army network, he received a call one day informing him of Muslim Lakhani’s interest in helping the organization’s local chapter. That same day, the two met at Lakhani’s home and before the day was over, Lakhani sealed his commitment to supporting the program that feeds the hungry in DC.
In the video, Lakhani explains that as a follower of Islam, sedekah is a pillar of his beliefs, just like Tzedakah in Judaism refers to charity. Similarly, Major Morris talks about how the Christian scriptures have taught him the importance of helping the hungry. Although they adhere to different religions, both Lakhani and Major Morris have found common ground by working from the shared values in their respective faiths to help those in need. More than that, Major Morris adds, the partnership between the two men has led them to connect “at a real heart level” and build a life-long friendship.