Muslim organisations in UK unite to tackle global hunger

Ten leading Muslim organisations in the UK are supporting ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ Campaign and uniting to mobilise the UK’s Muslim communities to call on world leaders to tackle the root causes of global hunger, which still kills 2 million children every year.  

‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ is a major new campaign launched last week by more than 100 of the UK’s leading development charities and faith groups in the largest coalition of its kind in the UK since Make Poverty History in 2005.

Imam Ajmal Masroor who spoke at the campaign launch said: “It is a scandal that a billion people face the daily struggle of hunger when the world produces enough food for everyone.  Islamic tradition teaches us that if anyone goes to bed with a full stomach while his neighbour is hungry, he is not a believer, so how can we sit by quietly while 1 in 8 people go to bed hungry every night?  I am really excited to see so many Muslim organisations coming together on this one issue alongside the rest of the British society to make our world leaders act.”

The group of Muslim organisations is led by campaigning organisation MADE in Europe and development charity Human Appeal International and consists of: Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), Islamic Society of Britain (ISB), AlMaghrib Institute, London Muslim Centre, Emerald Network, Islam Channel, City Circle and Leaf Network.  

The ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ campaign calls on Prime Minister David Cameron to use the UK’s G8 presidency to take action on the root causes of the hunger crisis in the poorest countries. The ‘IF’ movement challenges the Prime Minister to tackle 4 big IFs to ensure that there is enough food for everyone

IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land, and use the available agricultural land to grow food for people, not biofuels for cars.

IF governments keep their promises on aid, invest to stop children dying from malnutrition and help the poorest people feed themselves through investment in small farmers.

IF governments close loopholes to stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries, so that millions of people can free themselves from hunger.

IF we force governments and investors to be honest and open about the deals they make in the poorest countries that stop people getting enough food.

The Muslim organisations will be organising a stunt in Trafalgar Square on Thursday 31st January 2013.  They will be spelling out the word “IF” using prayer mats to create an iconic image which will demonstrate the support of UK Muslim communities for the campaign.