When asked what inspired two Newark educators to start an urban garden in their cities North Ward a quote from their Prophet Muhammad ( PBUH ) is most befitting: “If a Muslim plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, it is regarded as a charitable gift (sadaqah) for him.”
Bilal and Breonna Walker’s Islamic inspiration coupled with their on-going efforts to challenge local and state policies concerning urban education, youth prisons, period poverty, asthma, and now food disparities and urban gardening is how Jannah on Grafton came about.
Jannah is an Arabic word that means paradise or garden and over the past month the couple and members of the Newark community have been working tirelessly to transform a once syringe riddled lot into a food sanctuary for Grafton Avenue residents.
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