CAIR-FL: FLORIDA MUSLIMS DONATE TO HOMELESS SHELTER - TOP
CAIR-FL commemorates the first Ramadan Fast-a-Thon in Jacksonville
(JACKSONVILLE, FL, 10/21/2006) - The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) recently presented a check of $500 to the I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless to commemorate the first Ramadan fast-a-thon in Jacksonville.
Accepting the gift, Sherry Burns, Sulzbacher President and CEO said: "This kind gesture is much appreciated and will allow us to feed nearly one thousand homeless for one full day." She thanked the organizers and the sponsors of this event.
The Muslim Student Association at the University of North Florida hosted the fast-a-thon. The event was designed to teach other students about the fasting that takes place during the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a religious holiday that calls for fasting, inner reflection and religious devotion began last month and will end this Sunday.
CAIR-FL sponsored the event and pledged to donate $5 for each individual who participated in the event. The money raised was donated to the I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless. Nearly one-hundred students participated in this year's fast-a-thon.
For national coverage on fast-a-thon SEE: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15079909/site/newsweek/
Addressing the gathering, CAIR Chairman and UNF professor, Parvez Ahmed said: "Ramadan helps us develop moral discipline. Ramadan also reminds us of the plight of those who are not as fortunate as we are. We are reminded time and again in all of God's revealed books that religiosity is meaningless and pointless if it does not lead people to helping others and facilitating living for all of God's creations. Prophet Muhammad said that if you want to love God, then begin by loving your fellow human beings."