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Edmonton Muslims Welcome the Month of Ramadan

September 12, 2007

Starting September 13th, Muslims across the world will commence the observation of the month of Ramadan by abstaining from food, drink, and worldly pleasures from dawn to dusk.  Exempted from fasting are children who have not reached puberty, the elderly, those who are traveling and those who cannot fast due to health reasons.

While fasting helps exercise self discipline, it also allows one to appreciate the hunger of the less fortunate in society.  One of the core teachings of Islam is kindness and compassion for the less fortunate, the needy, the sick and the  elderly. During the month of Ramadan particularly, Muslims across the world increase their participation in various charities which help feed the hungry and provide shelter to the homeless. 

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar - the month during which the Holy Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as a guide to humanity.

“The month of Ramadan is a time for celebrating the bounties of the Lord.  It is also a time devoted to reflection, prayers and purification of the soul, sharing and forgiveness” says Larry Shaben, Chairman of the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities (ECMC). At the end of the Holy month, Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with prayers and thanksgiving to God for an opportunity to have experienced Ramadan.  This year, Eid-ul-Fitr will fall on October 12th or 13th, and on October 28th Edmonton Muslims will host their 6th annual dinner at the Boyle Street Co-op.

“We as Muslims feel it is our duty to help those in need”, added Shaben “There is no better charity than to put smiles on the faces of those who cannot provide for themselves.”

There are approximately 700,000 Muslims in Canada with about 60,000 in Alberta and 30,000 in Edmonton.   The Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities is an umbrella organization representing nine different Muslim entities within Edmonton.  Created in 2002, its mission is to speak and act on behalf of Edmonton Muslims with fellow Canadians in a manner that protects, promotes, and enhances the understanding of Islam and Muslims in matters of public policy, education, peace and safety. 

Attached backgrounder provides information of interest for the media. Media inquiries and request for interviews may be directed to the following representatives:

Larry Shaben, Chairman,  ECMC  at (780 ) 423-3364 or 908 3464
Shayda Nanji, Communications Portfolio at (780) 464-0166


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