Christmas, the most beautiful time of the year. Where everyone is full of cheer. Everyone is shopping for their loved ones. Yes, people give you gifts as part of the holiday but there’s so much more to it than that. There’s decorations, Christmas spirit, movies and let’s not forget the Christmas ham(my personal favorite). The season is so wonderful that you can easily get lost in the festivities and forget about the families that are less fortunate. Can you imagine being homeless around Christmas? It must be absolutely horrid. This year especially, with Brexit talks looming and British working class suffering the effects of an economy in free fall. This Christmas will be very bleak for some.
Helping the Homeless
However, one restaurant has not forgotten the true meaning of the season. Every year, around this time, a Muslim-owned restaurant in London does something amazing. It opens its doors and offers free three-course dinners to the homeless and elderly in the London area. The restaurant’s name is Shish and it specializes in Turkish cuisine. Every Christmas Day, this awesome group of Muslims show us that love isn’t skin deep. In an interview with Buzzfeed News, restaurant worker Hasan Masud said, “lots of people stay home alone for Christmas. They don’t need to. They can come here and have some fun.”
According to Twitter, meals include soup and cacik (a yogurt-based dish), an entree of chicken, vegetarian casserole or chicken shish, and rice pudding for dessert. Sound delicious!! When asked why they do this every Christmas? Restaurant worker Hasan Masud simply said, “to help people, that’s it!” A flyer on the window reads, “No one eats alone on Christmas Day. We are here to sit with you.” The most heart-warming aspect of this whole gesture is, Muslims don’t even celebrate Christmas.
My heart melts when people do epic gestures like this. It shows us all that indeed we all look different, we are still the same inside. There’s no greater gift you can give than love in a world full of hate. Let’s commend these individuals and hope that more people remember the less fortunate during the holidays.