A group of Muslim Americans in Oklahoma have started a new nonprofit to help highlight their community’s philanthropic efforts and help others better understand Islam.
The organization, called Muslims4Mercy, started planning in June in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the state’s second-largest city.
“Muslims, like everyone else, do a lot of community service,” Aliye Shimi, vice president of the organization, told NBC News. “That’s one of the huge tenants of the five big tenants of our faith. We’ve done that for years and years and years, but we’ve never really been recognized.”
Muslims4Mercy has a three-pronged vision for its work: The first is to deliver 100 meals after Friday religious services to people across Tulsa using their high visibility, school bus-colored van. They will also provide hygiene kits, blankets, and other items to the homeless.