Muslims in the US mark Ramadan with day of service at food bank

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SHAFAQNA – About 200 Oklahoma Muslims spent a recent afternoon sorting and packing food to help Oklahomans who struggle with hunger every day.

The annual Ramadan Day of Service at the Regional Food of Oklahoma, held June 25, was part of the Oklahoma Muslims Care campaign, a program designed to facilitate community service opportunities for Oklahoma Muslims.

The campaign highlights the commitment to service toward the betterment of all in the state, and participation helps Oklahoma Muslims honor their beliefs by giving back to those in need.

“In the month of Ramadan, when we are abstaining from food and drink, we are encouraged to think of how we can help those in need. It is for that reason that, year after year, our Ramadan Day of Service increases in the number of volunteers who want to give back to our fellow Oklahomans,” said Adam Soltani, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations-Oklahoma chapter (CAIR-OK) which spearheaded the event.

Rodney Bivens, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma executive director, said the organization is grateful for the Muslims’ volunteer support.

“Their annual day of service with the Regional Food Bank has made a significant impact in the lives of hungry Oklahomans,” Bivens said. “Thanks to their hard work, the equivalent of 9,675 meals will be provided to our hungry Oklahoma neighbours this summer.”

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