World Food Day 2019-Teaching Empathy

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Islam has always placed great emphasis on the importance of food and feeding the hungry. Food is considered a bounty of the Almighty and as such, wastage is not condoned in any form.

Under the guidance of His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin TUS, the Dawoodi Bohra community has always taken the matter of food security and food wastage very seriously.

Addressing the global issues of food security and food wastage, World Food Day is celebrated each year on the 16th of October. Its aim is to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all, striving to achieve ‘Zero Hunger’.


It is a threatening fact that around 815 million people of the 7.6 billion people in the world stay hungry almost every day, and that is why the Zero Hunger Challenge was launched by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012.

On 16th of October 2019, students were pumped up with the idea of having a ‘Safra Party’ at the premises where they were asked to bring extra lunch to share it with their peers in the break time. By this little act of kindness students treasured values on how to care, share and bring smiles on a multitude of faces while we feed them.

The following week paved its way further towards the enthralling poster making activity for the ‘Wall of Empathy’. The wall was embellished with creative ideas and slogans that invigorated within each soul determination and the will to conquer the battle of food inaccessibility.

Extending our activities further on Friday, October the 25th 2019, students in a well-disciplined fashion trotted to the hifz room where they were greeted by Miss Zainab Hasnain, a nutritional technologist who educated students on the habits of healthy eating.

Following next, students met a motivational social worker, Mr.Adnan Siraj, who mesmerized them by his wisdom of speech and action contributing to this noble cause of eradicating hunger and starvation from earth’s platform by being a part of the Robin Hood Army. He is an active member of an army of robins who have served and influenced more than 300,000 lives nationwide, by serving food to 1.5 million people.

Mr. Siraj was also accompanied by Ms. Arwa, who is an active Robin herself and an ex-student of BHS. Seeing her noble example the students were motivated further to play their part in eliminating hunger.

BHS has set up a Food Bank and students from the elder grades will accompany Mr. Adnan Siraj from the Robin Hood army on a Sunday to distribute non-perishable food items in the underprivileged slum areas.

October at BHS echoed with vociferations of triumph as the whole school was engrossed to carry out the mission of promoting ‘Zero Hunger’ to attain Maula’s TUS blessings.

We are truly blessed to have the soothing shade of Dr. Syedna Mohammad Burhannudin and Dr. Syedna Muffadal Saifuddin that has provided Mumineen around the world with food to eat through Faiz ul Mawaid ul Burhaniyah (FMB).

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