Calgary Muslim community feeding the hungry
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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