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Ramadan Fights Kenya Poverty

Published: 05/08/2012 04:18:10 PM GMT
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MOMBASA - Muslim organizations in Kenya have joined their efforts to feed the poor and needy during the fasting month of Ramadan, seeing the holy month as an opportunity for spiritual training, revitalization and charity.“ (more)

MOMBASA - Muslim organizations in Kenya have joined their efforts to feed the poor and needy during the fasting month of Ramadan, seeing the holy month as an opportunity for spiritual training, revitalization and charity.

“It would be needless to say that without the help, support, cooperation and assistance from the well wishers and supporters of the Association, the mammoth success that the Muslim Association Mombasa has achieved would not have been possible,” Mosque Chairman Shaahid Sheikh, the Imam of Kwale district mosque told Cross Week on Friday, August 3.

“I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the support from friends of the Association from far and near and thank them for their generous contributions.Ramadan 1433… With Hardship Comes Ease

“May Allah (SWT) reward them for their kindness, bless them all, Insha Allah! Ameen!”

Seeing Ramadan as a month of sacrifice and giving, the Muslim Association Mombasa led the efforts to provide food rations to hundreds of residents of Moyeni in Kwale district.

The efforts were made under the supervision of Village Chairman Hamisi Kadzungo, Mosque Chairman Idd Mwansare and Islamic Scholar Ustad Mohamed Matata.

Ramadan is the holiest month in Islamic calendar.

In Ramadan, adult Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.

The sick and those traveling are exempt from fasting especially if it poses health risks.

Fasting is meant to teach Muslims patience, self-control and spirituality, and time during the holy month is dedicated for getting closer to Allah though prayers, reading the Noble Qur'an and good deeds.

During Ramadan, Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to become closer to Allah through prayer, self-restraint and good deeds.

The majority of Muslims prefer to pay Zakah for the poor and needy during the month.

Prisons Too

The Muslim Association is Mombasa also distributed food rations for the Muslim prisoners.

“Muslims on the outside forget about those on the inside, but they are still part our community,” Shaahid Sheikh said.

The new feeding drive for Muslim prisoners followed the request of Kenya Prisons Service in Kwale and Ustad Mohamed Matata, the head of Islamic studies at the prison.

It followed a meeting with Emmanuel O. Abilla, Chief Officer II, Maalim Ramadhan Juma, Imam of the Prison Mosque, along with the religious scholar Ustad Matata.

“It's not that difficult, we would simply send them money, books or even post card that says, “I am thinking of you!” concluded Chairman Elect Shaahid Sheikh.

Providing the needs of prisoners, the move was praised as helping the spiritual nourishing of Muslims in prisons.

“I have personally seen them changing,” Ustad Matata.

“It is obvious that most Muslim prisoners have a desire to change themselves and improve their life style once they are out of prison.

“They want to be better Muslims and contributing citizens.  Perhaps Ramadhan is the month where the process of self control, takes its deepest roots in the mind of a Muslim prisoner.”

There are nearly ten million Muslims in Kenya, which has a population of 36 million.

Muslims make up nearly 98 percent of the communities of the North Eastern Province.

Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net




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