Atlanta’s Muslim community lost one of its leaders when hunger relief activist Abdul-Jami Allen passed away on Aug. 1 after battling cancer. Abdul-Jami, founder of the non-profit Giving Back to Humanity, was a source of guidance, inspiration and relief for both the Muslim and broader Atlanta community over the past 30 years, family and friends say.
“Brother Abdul-Jami was a jewel in our community,” said local activist Atiba Saleem Jones. “He lived a life of selfless service. Abdul-Jami literally served thousands upon thousands of people over the past several years....”
As the leader of Giving Back to Humanity, perhaps the most successful food service program organized by Muslims in Atlanta, Abdul-Jami could be found on Broad Street every Sunday morning. There, he organized, fed and connected with Atlanta’s underserved population.
Established in 2005, Giving Back to Humanity now feeds anywhere from 300 to 350 people every Sunday. That number only drops to about 275 on days of extreme rain or cold, according to organizers.
But hunger relief was not a recent interest for Abdul-Jami. The Atlanta Muslim had been organizing and serving the needy in Atlanta since 1984. Continue Reading