Several mosques across the UK and Ireland have started to provide shelter and warm food for the homeless as a massive blizzard continues to batter the two countries.
Widespread snow and unprecedentedly cold temperatures following the arrival of the “Beast from the East” polar vortex and Storm Emma have so far claimed 60 lives in eastern Europe, most of them rough sleepers.
The UK Met Office issued a red alert for snow, the highest level of warning possible. The red alert has remained in place due to extremely icy weather.
“The temperature is pretty severe, so we thought, ‘Why don’t we do something to help?’” Rabnawaz Akbar, a trustee of Makki Masjid in the northern city of Manchester, said Sunday.
The Khizra Mosque in Cheetham Hill has also been providing various services to the vulnerable during the day.
Community volunteers have been staying at the mosques to attend to the city’s homeless, giving them food and shelter…