SoCal Muslims to Help Homeless on Skid Row in Final Days of Ramadan

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Muslims pray during a special Eid ul-Fitr morning prayer at the Los Angeles Convention Center on August 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

For nearly 20 years, Muslims in the greater Los Angeles area have gathered to serve the homeless on skid row.

On Sunday, in the final days of Ramadan this year, hundreds are expected to gather once again for the 18th annual Humanitarian Day. Volunteers are to provide fresh meals, hygiene kits, clothing and towels, backpacks and school supplies.

By one count, Los Angeles County’s homeless population has risen 23% over last year.

“We are Angelenos, we are Americans, we are Muslims and we are goodwill ambassadors living the values of our Islamic faith through service to those in need,” Umar Hakim, executive director of the ILM Foundation and lead organizer of Humanitarian Day, said in a statement.

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