“Ramadan is a time of peace, reflection, charity, and unity” said Wasim Malik, national vice president of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA.
A group of around 30 Muslims from Indianapolis, Lafayette, and Kokomo met at the home of Imran Malik, the president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, where they prayed and ate at sunset.
This year, the fasting is even harder, said spokesperson Muzaffar Ahmad.
Since Ramadan is based on the Islamic lunar calendar, the holiday starts 10 days earlier each year, making the days even longer during this time of the year, he said.
“If you just have breakfast at 5 a.m. and don’t eat or drink anything until almost 9 at night nowadays, it’s pretty intense as you can imagine,” he said.
While the Muslims fast, Ahmad said it gives them a chance to unplug from the material world and become more appreciative for what they have.
“We can relate to poor who don’t have food or water to drink, and we kind of try to relate to their misery and appreciate all the things that we have,” he said. “And at the same time, it helps us focus more on spirituality and get closer to God.”
Though fasting is a religious obligation, Ahmad said it benefits everyone.
“It really is cleansing. Even if you’re not truly religious, just having this what, I would call, control over yourself really helps in day-to-day life, not to mention everybody gets an opportunity to lose some weight,” he said with a laugh.
Ahmad’s wife is unable to fast and donates $200 during the month, which is estimated to feed one hungry person.
“Every family, even if they are fasting, they’ll try to increase their charity in supporting food pantries or several activities. People do that individually,” he said.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is one of the nation’s oldest Muslim organizations. It was founded in 1889 and encompasses tens of thousands of American Muslims.
Worldwide, the community includes more than 200 countries and tens of millions of people.
“Ramadan is a time of peace, reflection, charity, and unity,” said Wasim Malik, national vice president of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “And we invite our fellow non-Muslim Americans to join together with us in the spirit of brotherhood and togetherness.”
The Muslim Community will wrap up Ramadan on Aug. 8 with a Eid al-Fitr, which translates to “festival of breaking the fast.”…continue reading at kokomoperspective.com