In a display of loving solidarity, thousands of Jews and Muslims rallied together to serve up some hot soup for the homeless.
As a means of celebrating Mitzvah Day – a day of social action for people of different faiths – Jews and Muslims met up at the East London Mosque last week to make 1,000 bowls of chicken soup.
Laura Marks, the founder and chair of Mitzvah Day, told The Guardian: “Mitzvah Day is about the common values that underlie both religions – the commitment to social action and social justice.
“We are both commanded by our faith to do good deeds and contribute to society. Most of the Jews here today won’t have been in a mosque before, and most Muslims won’t have Jewish friends. But here we are, chopping vegetables together.”
In the video below, one young participant told BBC that, “while doing this, I learned so much stuff that I didn’t know about Judaism,” while another girl laughingly chimed in, saying “we learned that there are neither Muslims or Jewish people in Harry Potter.”
For the soup, the organizers used halal chicken with a Jewish recipe in order to merge elements from both faiths – and they even made sure that some of the meals were made vegan.
“The interfaith is the fabric of our society. It’s what makes our British communities communities so rich, so diverse, and so beautiful,” said Jehangir Malik, CEO of Muslim Aid.
The “Chicken Soup Challenge” was not the only Mitzvah Day initiative taking place in Europe, either – according to the organizers, there were dozens of other compassionate interfaith campaigns for charity across Germany, Poland, Australia, South Africa, and the UK.
(WATCH the video below) – Photo by BBC
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