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Scot Muslims Strive to Help Needy in Ramadan

Scot Muslims Strive to Help Needy in Ramadan

DUNDEE, Scotland – As Ramadan comes to an end, Muslim charity workers across Dundee, Scotland, are striving to help the city’s most vulnerable, despite fasting for 20 hours per day.

“Your belly might be rumbling but the amazing thing is the desire to help others,” Rizwan Rafik, from community outreach program Taught by Muhammad (TBM), told Evening Telegraph.

“There were a dozen young guys who came in last week to help out at our curry kitchens,” he added.

During Ramadan, which lasts from May 17 to June 16, Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset.

In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.

Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to become closer to Allah through prayer, self-restraint, and good deeds.

Despite the challenge, Muslims try to increase the amount of charitable work in their communities during the month-long period.

“I have to take my hat off to every single one of them,” Rafik said.

“You’re having to chop, prepare and cook everything just as quickly as normal. It’s really fast-paced and all the while they’re fasting.

“It’s important to also note the vast majority of people who help out are non-Muslim, and we appreciate everything our volunteers do.”


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