Cal­gary Mus­lim com­mu­nity feed­ing the hun­gry

StarMetro Calgary - - NEWS - MARY GETANEH

As thou­sands of Mus­lims around the city be­gin their fast for Ra­madan, a new ini­tia­tive by the Mus­lim Coun­cil of Cal­gary (MCC) is hop­ing to give food to those who are hun­gry.

The MCC, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with WeCare Canada, launched the WeCare Pantry on Thurs­day dur­ing the first day of Ra­madan. Ra­madan is holy month in the Is­lamic reli­gion. From dawn to sun­set, Mus­lims ab­stain from food or drink.

In each of the four quad­rants of the city, an MCC cen­tre will have a pantry stocked up with non-per­ish­able food items that any­one can ac­cess.

In the Akram Jo­maa Is­lamic Cen­tre in Cal­gary’s north­east, three pantries are now al­most fully stocked with canned goods, condi­ments and cook­ing oil.

At a rib­bon-cut­ting on Thurs­day at the cen­tre, Imam Ja­mal Ham­moud said the holy month of Ra­madan is a chance for Mus­lims to fo­cus on their spir­i­tu­al­ity and also give back to those in need.

“It’s con­sid­ered the month of gen­eros­ity, the month of health, the month of unity and the month of love,” he said.

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