April 15, 2024

The annual neighborhood meal was attended by greater than 350 folks and targeted on schooling, neighborhood spirit and psychological wellness.

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Greater than 350 Muslims and non-Muslims gathered on the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on Friday for the annual Quick-A-Thon. The occasion is hosted throughout Ramadan to advertise neighborhood spirit, and supply non-Muslims an opportunity to study Islam and meet native Muslims.

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Group leaders from numerous sectors together with council, Wooden Buffalo RCMP, non-profits, schooling, and companies attended the occasion.

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“Some of these occasions selling inclusion, range and growing unity are why all of us put this collectively,” stated Naseem Abdo, who MC’d the occasion.

The primary Quick-A-Thon began in 2017 as a response to hate crimes in Canada and the homicide of six Muslims at a Mosque in Quebec Metropolis. Inviting the neighborhood to dine with native Muslims breaking their quick was one technique to present the openness of Fort McMurray’s Islamic neighborhood.

Ramadan is likely one of the holiest months in Islam as a result of it’s when Muslims consider the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed. Throughout this era, Muslims received’t eat or drink, together with water, from daybreak to nightfall. The quick is damaged with a night meal known as an iftar. On Friday, the quick was damaged at 7:34 p.m.

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Muslims are exempt from fasting if they’re younger youngsters or sick, pregnant, breastfeeding or liable to critical well being issues in the event that they quick. Individuals who can’t quick donate cash to purchase a meal for every single day of fasting. These donations feed thousands and thousands of individuals enduring poverty and meals insecurity.

Ramadan this 12 months runs from March 11 to April 9. The timing shifts as a result of Ramadan is marked by a lunar calendar. Fasting is at all times troublesome, however is extraordinarily difficult throughout summer season months when the times are longer. Imam Abdurrahmann Murad says the starvation is the purpose.

“It instills inside us that love needs to be sort and beneficiant in direction of one another… it’s a time for self reflection and religious progress,” he stated. “It brings to thoughts those that don’t have as a lot as we do, so that actually compels us to provide no matter we will.”

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Individuals finish their Ramadan fasting for the day at a night meal known as an iftar on the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Non-Muslims have been additionally invited to the annual Quick-A-Thon occasion to study Islam and promote neighborhood unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community

Group spirit, psychological well being in style subjects of the night

Abdulsalam Abdo, president of Markaz Ul Islam, stated his starvation reminded him of civilian deaths from hunger in Gaza, and talked concerning the significance of neighborhood unity and psychological wellness. Naseem inspired non-Muslim employers to supply prayer areas and accommodate spiritual holidays for Muslim staff.

Dr. Nasim Aruj mentioned the psychological advantages of fasting. Sundas Shamshad moderated a panel on psychological well being with Murad, Mayor Sandy Bowman, Cathy Steeves of United Method Fort McMurray and Wooden Buffalo, Freddie Russell of the Athabasca Tribal Council, and Mike Jones of the Canadian Psychological Well being Affiliation.

Mohamed Tarrabin, CEO of the We Care Unit, mentioned the significance of charitable works in the neighborhood. A current instance was a shelter on the Islamic Centre that opened for the homeless throughout January’s chilly snap. The native United Method known as it the most effective shelters they’d seen in Fort McMurray.

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Native Muslim leaders stunned Bowman with an award honouring his help for newcomers, the Muslim neighborhood and psychological well being initiatives.

“We’ve the chance to actually deliver one another up,” stated Bowman. “Occasions like this one at the moment actually exhibits that and exhibits everybody coming collectively from completely different religions, completely different backgrounds, completely different elements of the world and actually making a distinction.”

Statistics Canada’s 2021 census on faith discovered Islam is the second largest faith in Fort McMurray Wooden Buffalo. Murad estimates there are roughly 7,000 Muslims in Fort McMurray from about 30 completely different nationalities, ethnicities and cultures.

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Muslim men pray at the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre before ending their Ramadan fasting for the day on March 15, 2024. Non-Muslims were also invited to the annual Fast-A-Thon meal to learn about Islam and promote community unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Muslim males pray on the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre earlier than ending their Ramadan fasting for the day on March 15, 2024. Non-Muslims have been additionally invited to the annual Quick-A-Thon meal to study Islam and promote neighborhood unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
People end their Ramadan fasting for the day at an evening meal called an iftar at the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Non-Muslims were also invited to the annual Fast-A-Thon event to learn about Islam and promote community unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Individuals finish their Ramadan fasting for the day at a night meal known as an iftar on the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Non-Muslims have been additionally invited to the annual Quick-A-Thon occasion to study Islam and promote neighborhood unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
Marwan Zetawi recites the adhan, the Islamic call to prayer, at the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Muslims and non-Muslims were invited to the Mosque’s annual Fast-A-Thon, which features a meal called an iftar that marks the end of fasting for Ramadan during the day. Guests were invited to learn about Islam and discuss community unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Marwan Zetawi recites the adhan, the Islamic name to prayer, on the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Muslims and non-Muslims have been invited to the Mosque’s annual Quick-A-Thon, which includes a meal known as an iftar that marks the tip of fasting for Ramadan through the day. Visitors have been invited to study Islam and talk about neighborhood unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
People end their Ramadan fasting for the day at an evening meal called an iftar at the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Non-Muslims were also invited to the annual Fast-A-Thon event to learn about Islam and promote community unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Individuals finish their Ramadan fasting for the day at a night meal known as an iftar on the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Non-Muslims have been additionally invited to the annual Quick-A-Thon occasion to study Islam and promote neighborhood unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
Manar Shwigi recites the Qur’an at the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Muslims and non-Muslims were invited to the Mosque’s annual Fast-A-Thon, which features a meal called an iftar that marks the end of fasting for Ramadan during the day. Guests were invited to learn about Islam and discuss community unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Manar Shwigi recites the Qur’an on the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Muslims and non-Muslims have been invited to the Mosque’s annual Quick-A-Thon, which includes a meal known as an iftar that marks the tip of fasting for Ramadan through the day. Visitors have been invited to study Islam and talk about neighborhood unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
Mohamed Tarrabin at the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Muslims and non-Muslims were invited to the Mosque’s annual Fast-A-Thon, which features a meal called an iftar that marks the end of fasting for Ramadan during the day. Guests were invited to learn about Islam and discuss community unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Mohamed Tarrabin on the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Muslims and non-Muslims have been invited to the Mosque’s annual Quick-A-Thon, which includes a meal known as an iftar that marks the tip of fasting for Ramadan through the day. Visitors have been invited to study Islam and talk about neighborhood unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
Dr. Nasim Arruj speaks at the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Muslims and non-Muslims were invited to the Mosque’s annual Fast-A-Thon, which features a meal called an iftar that marks the end of fasting for Ramadan during the day. Guests were invited to learn about Islam and discuss community unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Dr. Nasim Arruj speaks on the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Muslims and non-Muslims have been invited to the Mosque’s annual Quick-A-Thon, which includes a meal known as an iftar that marks the tip of fasting for Ramadan through the day. Visitors have been invited to study Islam and talk about neighborhood unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
Sundas Shamshad speaks at the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Muslims and non-Muslims were invited to the Mosque’s annual Fast-A-Thon, which features a meal called an iftar that marks the end of fasting for Ramadan during the day. Guests were invited to learn about Islam and discuss community unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Sundas Shamshad speaks on the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Muslims and non-Muslims have been invited to the Mosque’s annual Quick-A-Thon, which includes a meal known as an iftar that marks the tip of fasting for Ramadan through the day. Visitors have been invited to study Islam and talk about neighborhood unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
Abdulsalam Abdo, president of Markaz Ul Islam, speaks at the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Muslims and non-Muslims were invited to the Mosque’s annual Fast-A-Thon, which features a meal called an iftar that marks the end of fasting for Ramadan during the day. Guests were invited to learn about Islam and discuss community unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Abdulsalam Abdo, president of Markaz Ul Islam, speaks on the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Muslims and non-Muslims have been invited to the Mosque’s annual Quick-A-Thon, which includes a meal known as an iftar that marks the tip of fasting for Ramadan through the day. Visitors have been invited to study Islam and talk about neighborhood unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
Naseem Abdo speaks at the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Muslims and non-Muslims were invited to the Mosque’s annual Fast-A-Thon, which features a meal called an iftar that marks the end of fasting for Ramadan during the day. Guests were invited to learn about Islam and discuss community unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Naseem Abdo speaks on the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Muslims and non-Muslims have been invited to the Mosque’s annual Quick-A-Thon, which includes a meal known as an iftar that marks the tip of fasting for Ramadan through the day. Visitors have been invited to study Islam and talk about neighborhood unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
Imam Abdurrahmann Murad speaks at the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Muslims and non-Muslims were invited to the Mosque’s annual Fast-A-Thon, which features a meal called an iftar that marks the end of fasting for Ramadan during the day. Guests were invited to learn about Islam and discuss community unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Today/Postmedia Network
Imam Abdurrahmann Murad speaks on the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Muslims and non-Muslims have been invited to the Mosque’s annual Quick-A-Thon, which includes a meal known as an iftar that marks the tip of fasting for Ramadan through the day. Visitors have been invited to study Islam and talk about neighborhood unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community
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Mayor Sandy Bowman speaks on the Fort McMurray Islamic Centre on March 15, 2024. Muslims and non-Muslims have been invited to the Mosque’s annual Quick-A-Thon, which includes a meal known as an iftar that marks the tip of fasting for Ramadan through the day. Visitors have been invited to study Islam and talk about neighborhood unity. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right this moment/Postmedia Community

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