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Irving Muslims Distribute 1,500 Meals to Medical, School, Police Staff

During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink between the hours of sunrise and sunset.

Though fasting for long hours, twenty organizations from Dallas Muslim community have come together to take care of the people who are caring for Irving.

The group raised funds for 1,500 meals for Irving ISD, the Irving police department and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center this week.

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“We decided to take care of those who take care of us,” Raed Omar Sbeit, CEO of the North Texas Leadership Development Academy, told Dallas News.

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Volunteers from the Islamic Center of Irving, the Muslim American Society of Dallas-Fort Worth and other organizations will distribute the meals.

The first 500 were distributed Tuesday to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, with another 500 going to the Irving Police Department on Wednesday and 500 to Irving ISD on Friday.

In addition to the meals, Sbeit will host his organization’s annual Ramadan Outreach Civic Dinner online May 16.

“We thought the good work should not stop,” Sbeit said of the dinner, catering to people’s homes while they watch the ceremony via video.

“It’s a time for us to come together now.”

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Hijri Islamic calendar. It commemorates the first revelation of the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad.

From dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations).