Today, 1.7 billion Muslims around the world began the annual month of fasting.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drinks, and marital relations between dawn and sunset.
The act of fasting is aimed at reminding the faithful of the plight of the poor, thus serving as a major incentive for the practicing Muslims to engage in charitable activities during the month.
Since 2012, Canada’s one million-strong Muslim community has been running Give 30 campaign to collect donations to feed hungry people. It is designed to motivate people fasting in Ramadan to donate the money they save by skipping meals over the month. The initiative has raised almost $250,000 to fight hunger over the past three campaigns.
People who aren’t fasting can also take part, says Give 30 founder Ziyaad Mia, noting that donations have come from people of all faiths and backgrounds.
Ramadan is about giving, building community, and understanding the challenges of hunger, says Mia.
“Everyone can participate in the spirit of Ramadan,” Mia emphasizes. “Hunger knows no race, religion, ethnicity or creed and that’s why it’s important for everyone to join Give 30.”
The Give 30 campaign runs in Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Quebec, Mississauga, Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Regina and Kingston.
Canada is among the West’s top rich nations, but each month close to 850,000 Canadians are assisted by food banks, and 36.4% of those are children and youth.
I wish a Blessed Ramadan to all my Muslim readers.