L.A. Area Muslims To Help Homeless On Skid Row In Final Days Of Ramadan

For nearly 20 years, Muslims in the greater Los Angeles area have gathered to serve the homeless on skid row.

On Sunday, in the final days of Ramadan this year, hundreds are expected to gather once again for the 18th annual Humanitarian Day. Volunteers are to provide fresh meals, hygiene kits, clothing and towels, backpacks and school supplies.

By one count, Los Angeles County’s homeless population has risen 23% over last year.

“We are Angelenos, we are Americans, we are Muslims and we are goodwill ambassadors living the values of our Islamic faith through service to those in need,” Umar Hakim, executive director of the ILM Foundation and lead organizer of Humanitarian Day, said in a statement.

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A welcome rally is set to kick off at 10 a.m. on Maple Avenue, between 5th and 6th streets, and the event is scheduled to last until noon. The plan calls for medical screenings to be provided by UMMA (University Muslim Medical Assn.) Community Clinic physicians, along with free dental services provided by Dental Care for Children.

Other Humanitarian Day events were taking place on Saturday in Santa Ana, Pasadena and the Inland Empire.

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The GOP finally unveiled its plan to replace Obamacare. White House tapes mystery solved? Not exactly. UC Riverside has one of the smallest racial achievement gaps in the nation. Bree'Anna Guzman was killed more than 5 years ago. 

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The GOP finally unveiled its plan to replace Obamacare. White House tapes mystery solved? Not exactly. UC Riverside has one of the smallest racial achievement gaps in the nation. Bree'Anna Guzman was killed more than 5 years ago. 

Credits: Associated Press / Getty / Irfan Khan / KTLA / Genaro Molina / Marcus Yam

>90 seconds: 4 stories you can't miss
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The GOP finally unveiled its plan to replace Obamacare. White House tapes mystery solved? Not exactly. UC Riverside has one of the smallest racial achievement gaps in the nation. Bree'Anna Guzman was killed more than 5 years ago. 

Credits: Associated Press / Getty / Irfan Khan / KTLA / Genaro Molina / Marcus Yam

The GOP finally unveiled its plan to replace Obamacare. White House tapes mystery solved? Not exactly. UC Riverside has one of the smallest racial achievement gaps in the nation. Bree'Anna Guzman was killed more than 5 years ago. 

Credits: Associated Press / Getty / Irfan Khan / KTLA / Genaro Molina / Marcus Yam

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California is generating more solar and wind power than it can use. President Trump's intervention with Otto Warmbier was rare for a president who resists broadly promoting human rights. A new salary agreement with the city of L.A. would give DWP workers six raises over five years. Kam Redlawsk has a genetic disorder that progressively weakens her muscles.

Credits: Gina Ferazzi / KTLA / Rick Loomis / Eben McCue

California is generating more solar and wind power than it can use. President Trump's intervention with Otto Warmbier was rare for a president who resists broadly promoting human rights. A new salary agreement with the city of L.A. would give DWP workers six raises over five years. Kam Redlawsk has a genetic disorder that progressively weakens her muscles.

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Protesters outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office were removed from the area after staging a "die-in" on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning.

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The explosion near the Kabul Bank in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah also wounded at least 60 people.

The explosion near the Kabul Bank in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah also wounded at least 60 people.

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The state has achieved dramatic success in renewable energy production.

The state has achieved dramatic success in renewable energy production.

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