Christians and Muslims Unite to Help Homeless

November 27, 2002


On November 27, 2002 USA TODAY reported that "the volunteers who serve meals at the First Congregational Church in Washington, D.C., also give sustenance to another ideal -- this is a country where Muslims and Christians live and work together. Imam Johari Abdel-Malik and the Rev. Graylan Hagler conceived the idea of a Muslim-Christian volunteer effort early this fall. 'We are a community under siege after Sept. 11,' says Abdel-Malik, who is a Muslim chaplain at Howard University. 'We need to come out of our bubble. This is a good place to start. I challenged the Reverend to find an effort to help the homeless.' Says Hagler: 'There's no better way to tear down walls than to work together. And that's what we're doing here.' The help couldn't have come at a better time, advocates for the poor say. The weak economy has increased demand at food banks across the USA, according to volunteer organizations."