In the 1960's, a man by the name of Haj Maita opened a restaurant that he run himself. His restaurant was not like any other and became well known, not for its outstanding service or for its delicious food (though it was) but because of his service to the mental, handicapped, poor and needy. He took a decsicion to dedicate his life to helping others and pleasing Allah (SWT). He would buy food and cook meals to be served for free all for the sake of Allah.
Years passed and Haj Maita remained feeding the poor and handicapped with the help of his children. He soon gained the nickname of "Abu Al-Masakeen" or "Father of the Poor" because of his generosity and caring ways for the poor. As time went by, Haj Maita grew older and his grandchildren who saw their grandfather as one of their role models and a truly unique striving individual began to help him as well.
Tears spring to his granddaughter's eyes as she relates, "I went to visit my grandfather today and he didn't even recognize me. He didn't recognize my father either."
This is a video that was published on telivision of Haj Maita speaking about his work.