Saskatoon

Saskatchewan residents invited to join Ramadan, 'fast with a Muslim friend'

Islamic organization Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at is inviting the public to take part in Ramadan as part of the Fast With a Friend campaign.

The campaign aims to increase understanding of the Ramadan experience

Shamoon Rashid and Zahid Abid outside Saskatoon's Baitur-Rahmat Mosque on Boychuk Drive during last year's Fast With A Muslim Friend campaign. (Kathy Fitzpatrick/CBC)

Saskatchewan residents are being invited to fast with a Muslim friend during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which started on June 6. 

The Saskatoon branch of Islamic organization Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at is inviting the public to join Muslims around the world who are fasting as part of the 30-day spiritual event.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at said in a press release the campaign was about sharing the Ramadan experience and connecting with non-Muslims. 

"As we enter the holy month of Ramadan, I invite my fellow Canadians to experience the spiritual uplifting provided by Ramadan and take part in this unique campaign," said Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada president Lal Khan Malik. 

Fasting aims to teach self-control and discipline, and inspire awareness of those who are less fortunate. When the fast is over, Muslims celebrate with a three-day festival of eating called Eid al-Fitr.

Members of the Baitur-Rahmat Mosque in Saskatoon also promoted the campaign last year. 

To find out more visit fastwithmuslims.com

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