One of Britain’s youngest Imams is supporting community efforts in south west London during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Adeel Shah, 26, is part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, which includes the Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, one of the largest mosques in Europe, and cites his faith as his biggest motivator.
Mr Shah said: “The reason we’re doing this is because Islam teaches us to help our neighbours and to play our part in society.”
Since March last year, the Ahmadiyya community has delivered 673,000 pieces of PPE on behalf of the government and 10,036 food packages to front line workers.
Using a hotline, the Ahmadiyya community assisted vulnerable people with errands and emotional support.
The effort helped 21,407 households.
The Ahmadiyya Community also supports the Croydon Nightwatch, where they send volunteers every two weeks.
Mr Shah said: “Different families offer to make food. They cover all of the costs.
“We’ve had to increase the amount of food we make.
“It’s rewarding seeing that you’ve put a smile on someone’s face.”
Jad Adams, chair of Croydon Nightwatch and volunteer since 1979, said: “The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has continued to support us throughout the Covid period and it’s been very welcome.”