Volunteers from the Zainabiyya Islamic Centre of Milton Keynes visited the Great Holm Fire Station, MK Police Station and MK Hospital to provide Christmas presents for the city’s emergency services.
The volunteers visited each of the services on the Sunday before Christmas (December 22nd).
The centre’s volunteers tried to do something unique for the local community by gifting Christmas presents to the local emergency services as a token of appreciation for their hard work they are providing to Milton Keynes’ residents.
Kumayl Rajani, President of Zainabiya Islamic Centre said, “We would to welcome all to our centre faith or no faith. Building relationships within the local community is very important in this day and age.”
As Islamophobia is a big issue today, the centre has said that building relationships within the local community is of the upmost importance, and one way to do this in the festive season is by gathering people together at the centre to wrap Christmas presents to share at hospitals, fire stations and police stations.
One of the volunteers, Nusrat Somji, said, “Islam teaches us to be selfless to put others needs before our own. Being given the opportunity to provide just a small token of our appreciation to the selfless men and women in our emergency services, who sacrifice time with their families, is an honour.”
The children even got to explore inside the truck as part of their trip.
Chris Montague from the Great Holm Fire station thanked the centre for their gifts. He said, “Thank you for your visit to the Fire Station this afternoon and for your kind gifts from the mosque. If you would ever like a visit to the mosque we will be very happy to come down, we can provide information on Fire Safety, Road Safety and show the children around the Fire Engines.”