The holy month of Ramadan begins Wednesday, and the Muslim Society of P.E.I. is holding its sixth annual food basket campaign.
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is a holy month and a special time for Muslims around the world. It’s a time for families and friends, for prayers and reflection and for stepping out of normal routines to contemplate what is really important in life.
Society president Najam Chishti says fasting offers a chance to reflect on deprivation of others and helps them to understand real hunger.
“It helps to control the desires and achieve self control. It is a physical and spiritual act which strengthens the character,” said Chishti. “This month is a very important unifying factor among Muslims as it brings the community and people together. In this month, rewards are much greater if the intentions are sincere.”
The society pledges to feed as many families in need as possible, of any denomination with its food basket campaign. Non-perishable food items can be left at 15 MacAleer Dr., while cash donations are also accepted for the purchase of fresh vegetables and meat.
The youth committee, with the help of school aged children, will make the food baskets once a week for distribution during the month.
Muslims give to the poor and those in need during Ramadan. This year it is roughly $10 per person in the household based on the value of a meal. The society will collect this from the Muslim community and distribute this to the families so that they can buy clothes and gifts for their children. Social visits and increased charity are encouraged.
Recitation of Quran, Taraweeh is arranged at the Masjid Dar-as-Salam every night after Isha prayers. Iftar, breaking of the fast for students and families, will be arranged at the Masjid daily.