300 volunteers distribute groceries to needy Woodlands residents as part of Blessings-to-All Day

Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs and Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim helps distribute household groceries to needy residents of Champions Way as part of Rahmatan lil ‘Alamin (RLA) Day.
Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs and Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim helps distribute household groceries to needy residents of Champions Way as part of Rahmatan lil ‘Alamin (RLA) Day.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - With bags of groceries in hand, some 300 mosque volunteers and youth representatives from organisations such as Yale-Nus College and Nanyang Technological University, took a walk for harmony on Sunday (Oct 22).

The event - organised by the Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation (RLAF), a charity under the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) - saw participants walk from Masjid Yusof Ishak to Champions Way, both in Woodlands.

The groceries were packed into about 100 hampers and then distributed to needy residents living in Champions Way.

The walk was part of the annual Rahmatan lil Alamin, or Blessings-to-All Day, which is in its 12th year.

The day was started by RLAF to remind the Malay/Muslim community to focus on doing good for the benefit of all, especially the less fortunate, regardless of race or religion.

The initiative has since been extended from a one-day event to a year-long series of community service activities spearheaded by six mosque clusters across the island.

"This is an annual event but we hope that this becomes a way of life for us here in Singapore, not just for the Muslims but every Singaporean," said Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs and Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, at the event.