|Kazi Mannan (middle) and local restaurant patrons Source: Good News Network|
Local Washington, D.C. restaurant, Sakina Halal Grill is a popular local stomping ground in the community. Owned by Kazi Mannan, the restaurant has acquired a reputation over the years for feeding anyone who is hungry—regardless of whether they can pay for their meal.
Like many restaurant owners, since the start of the pandemic, Mannan has struggled to keep the restaurant afloat. In a last ditch effort to save his business, one of Mannan’s family members launched a GoFundMe campaign for his D.C. restaurant.
Abdul Mannan wrote:
“We are underwater and looking to survive this season so the doors do not close on Sakina Halal Grill… Every cent is equally important in keeping this dream, and important community resource, alive so please do what you can. We appreciate your support and prayers.”
Since launching, the GoFundMe has raised over $331,430 from more than 7,100 people.
“I used to preach don’t let anybody fall, pick them up,” Mannan said to his donors in an interview. “You picked me up and I am overwhelmed. I have tears in my eyes … tears of joy. Thank you, thank you, America. Thank you, generous people.”
Well known for his generosity, many of the people donating see Mannan as the generous one. Prior to COVID, the restaurant served 80 free meals to people in need every day.
Mannan told NBC, “I used to see people looking for food in trash cans. It would break my heart.”
Since the GoFundMe fundraiser, the Sakina Halal Grill is going strong and remains committed to serving anyone in need.
Source: Good News Network