An estimated 6,000 homeless people live on the streets of DC, and 365 days a year the Salvation Army provides mobile meals 6 times a night at places around the city. The Salvation Army mobile meals program costs about $125,000 per year, and it is funded in large part by a Muslim man, Lakani Haas.
Haas, who earned millions in oil and gas, has over the past two years given about $250,000 to the Salvation Armyâ€™s DC mobile meals program to help feed homeless people.
Haas grew up in Egypt but his family is originally from Pakistan, and he says one thing in Egypt that had a profound effect on his thinking through his life was seeing the â€œgreat pharoah, who had his hands raised like this–he didnâ€™t take anything.â€
But he said that it was his motherâ€™s teachings, in his motherland of Pakistan, that set him on the path he is now on–â€she insisted that he share,â€ explained the NBC report.
Lakani explained that â€œThereâ€™s 1.5, 1.6 billion Muslims, and not all of us are the ones who put a gun on you and say â€œmy way or the highway.â€
Said Major Steve Morse of the Salvation Army, who works in the mobile meals program, â€œPeople are getting fed, based on his dollar.â€
â€œI believe in the spirit of sharing, the spirit of tolerance,â€ said Mr. Haas.