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Edmonton Muslims Welcome the Month of Ramadan

July 9, 2013

Edmonton Muslims commence the Holy month of Ramadan by expressing their prayers for all those who have been devastated by floods, by fires, by wars and by unrest.

Ramadan is also not only a month of fasting but also a time for reflection, a time to turn one’s attention from the material (exoteric) world to the inner (esoteric) spiritual realm.

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 cross the world increase their participation in various charities which help feed the hungry and provide shelter to the homeless. To this end Muslim Communities of Edmonton will be embarking on their annual food drive for cash and donation in kind for the Edmonton food bank. Additionally this year, Muslim communities of Edmonton will be seeking to help our neighbours to the South who have been devastated by the June floods in any way possible.

In the words of Late Larry Shaben, one of the founders and Chair of the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities:

“The month of Ramadan is a time for celebrating the bounties of the Lord.  It is also a time devoted to caring for those in need. We as Muslims feel it is our duty to help those in need, and there is no better charity than to put smiles on the faces of those who cannot provide for themselves.”

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 a manner that protects, promotes, and enhances the understanding of Islam and Muslims in matters of public policy, education, peace and safety

Media inquiries and request for interviews may be directed to:

Masood Peracha: Chair ECMC 780 903 1653

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