Ramadan feeds million worldwide
Islamic Relief is using Ramadan to drum up support for its campaign to feed a million hungry people around the world.
Britain's largest Islamic charity is capitalizing on the spirit of sharing in the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan to drum up support for its campaign to feed a million hungry people around the world.
"Ramadan is a time for peace, prayers and prosperity," Islamic Relief UK Manager Jehangir Malik told IslamOnline.
"A month of caring and sharing where diverse communities come together and stand side by side in solidarity to help the less privileged in the developing world," he added.
"This Ramadan helps us to feed a million."
IR is urging everyone to "be an answer to a million prayers" by spreading the joy of sharing food and water with those less fortunate and helping to feed 1 million people in over 20 countries this Ramadan.
During a celebratory launch event at the London Muslim Centre in Whitechapel, east London, free mineral water and succulent dates were distributed to the fasting and non fasting public.
"This initiative by Islamic Relief highlights the spirit of sharing that Ramadan promotes," said Dilowar Hussain Khan, Director of the East London Mosque.
Islamic Relief works to help the poorest and neediest people around the world regardless of race, gender, or religion.
Its projects ranges from emergency relief to long-term development and focus on key areas such as water and sanitation, health and nutrition and orphan sponsorship.
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Adnan Messaoui who was attending the event said fasting from dawn till dusk allows Muslims to share feelings with "over a billion of the world's population that are guaranteed to close their eyes at night on an empty stomach."
"It is this empathy that drives Muslims to donate 3 times more than the average UK donor," he told IOL.
Britain is home to nearly two million Muslims.
"I'm very happy with this event. This promotion will go to show how bighearted Muslims are," Ameen Khalileh believes.
"I would prefer to draw a curtain over good deeds, but the negativity surrounding Muslims is so intense we should go all out to promote our goodness."
Guests at the high-profile event include representatives of various faith/ethnic groups and members of the British establishment.
"I am impressed by the way a charity that is representing Muslims is reaching out to the local and global community," said Sandra Harding, an events manager from Manchester.
"Ramadan is a month where a lot of non-Muslims also take an interest in the Islamic faith and the fact that these initiatives are taking place can only help to foster community understanding and greater awareness."