• Oklahoma Muslims get in the spirit of Ramadan 30 Events in 30 Days

    The Islamic Council of Oklahoma (ICO) announced today that Islamic organizations statewide plan to hold 30 Events in 30 Days to benefit their communities during the month of Ramadan. Most Oklahoma mosques follow the Fiqh Council of North America’s declaration that today is the first day of Ramadan. Many indigenous Muslims here will observe their first fast tomorrow as announced to the Communities under the Leadership of Warith Deen Muhammad.

    Oklahoma Muslims are seeking blessings and looking forward to sharing them too. Muslims are prescribed to fast in Ramadan as a way to practice self-discipline, display self-control and sacrifice, and express empathy for those who are less fortunate.

    This year across the state Muslims are planning 30 Events in 30 Days as community-strengthening events and service projects to share their blessings. Oklahoma mosques and Islamic schools have set a goal to accomplish 30 such events while they are fasting the 30 days of Ramadan.

    “The Muslim community in Oklahoma is dedicated to giving back and making charitable contributions to great causes in our state,” said Sheryl Siddiqui, spokesperson for the Islamic Council of Oklahoma. “Islamic organizations have been working to improve the lives of others in their communities for decades; it is only recently that Muslims have started coordinating efforts at a state level. Islam teaches Muslims to do charity without seeking recognition for it, but these days Americans are only seeing headlines about Muslims who don’t represent the God-fearing, compassionate majority of Muslims.”

    Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said about Ramadan, “It is the month of endurance and the reward of endurance is paradise. It is the month of sharing with others… It is a month whose beginning is mercy, whose middle is forgiveness and whose end is freedom from hell.” Muslims aspire to endure hardships patiently, to share with others, to be merciful and forgiving and to be forgiven.

    The Oklahoma City metropolitan area Muslims are sponsoring a canned food drive this week and plan to give cash donations to some of the nonprofits that they serve during the month. Tulsa Muslims have a food drive starting Friday and ending before the Eid holiday on September 10th. Several communities and colleges are hosting “Iftar dinners” (the meal that commences after sunset), inviting public officials and the general public. The Islamic Society of Tulsa will be hosting its “Annual Look-in on Ramadan” on Wednesday August 25th, a free dinner-presentation for anyone who makes a reservation through Okevent@gmail.com . Muslim volunteers are signing up to help at the food banks and other service projects as they come back into town after summer vacations.

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