Canadian Muslims observing Ramadan

 — Sept. 13, 200713 sept. 2007

[CAIR-CAN] Muslims in Canada today started fasting for the holy month of Ramadan. During the month, from dawn to sunset, Muslims around the world abstain from food, drink and marital relations. “Ramadan is a time when Muslims strive to spiritually purify themselves to become better people. The month is marked by charity, worship and prayer.

“Throughout the month Muslims struggle to improve their behaviour, character and relations with family and friends. A lot of emphasis is also placed on staying away from gossip, short-temperedness and other bad habits. “On average, Canadians learn most about the Islamic faith during this month through their Muslim friends,” said Sameer Zuberi, CAIR-CAN Communications Coordinator.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Maintaining the fast during the month is considered one of the five pillars of Islam. According to a 2001 Statistics Canada census, Canadian Muslims made up 2% of the population.

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Contact: Sarah Elgazzar, CAIR-CAN Spokesperson, (514) 776-6566;
Sameer Zuberi, CAIR-CAN Communications Coordinator, (613) 254-7904 or (613)

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