SACRAMENTO – Muslims in Lodi, Sacramento have been serving food to the needy, for the past 16 years, on the first Sunday each month, helping the community and showing their true faith, Lodi News reported on February 5.
“As members of this community it’s our responsibility to help the people in our community because we’re all citizens of Lodi,” said Taj Khan, the president of Lodi California Islamic Center Mosque.
The idea of the free meal service was first suggested by Khan 16 years ago.
This past Sunday, Taj and Naseem Khan, the director of Lodi California Islamic Center Mosque’s Janazah Committee, in addition to Taj’s friend, Ehtesham Qamar, met to start cooking and preparing the food of each month.
They prepared a six-course meal featuring classic Pakistani flavors and paired it with traditional American side dishes. “We serve them a halal meal we like to eat, and one that I grew up eating,” Qamar said happily.
As American guests grabbed a tray from the line, many expressed their gratitude to the Muslim volunteers, thanking them and letting them know how much they enjoyed the meal’s ethnic and Islamic touch.