Alhamdulilah, all praise be to God, a total of €1,300 was raised for the We Care LK Food Bank!!
The money was raised through a combination of money raised through the Charity Fasting Challenge on Friday the 23rd of June along with money donated by the local Muslim community throughout the month of Ramadan.
During the Charity Fasting Challenge, non-Muslims were invited to fast for one day with Muslims and were invited to break their fast along with the Muslim community at sunset in the Letterkenny Community Centre. There was food from all over the world and it was a great occasion.
The money was raised during the month of Ramadan which is one of the most sacred months of the year for Muslims. During this month, Muslims observe fasting from dawn to dusk for a month. Whilst fasting, Muslims refrain from eating or drinking (even water), smoking, sexual relations and generally try harder to be a better human being by trying to be more patient and making extra effort to control their temper amongst other things. A general training of the soul. This is considered to be part of the tradition of fasting as carried out by Christians and Jews which are considered part of the Abrahamic faiths along with Islam.
Whilst fasting, Muslims feel what it’s like to be truly hungry and appreciate the plight of those who can’t feed themselves or have access to clean water. This appreciation is supposed to lead to greater donations in charity to those in need. The local We Care LK Food Bank do great work in supporting those in Letterkenny and across Donegal who need this kind of support regardless of their race, creed or colour. God bless them for all their hard work. Amen.
The donation presentation was covered in the Donegal News here.
The Letterkenny Islamic Association are planning to hold this event every year so keep an eye out towards the start of next Ramadan!