“A lot of Ramadan is about donating and sacrifice,” says Maisha Rahman, event coordinator for the Ramadan Fight Against Hunger which is now in its fourth year in Michigan.
Last year more than 400 volunteers packed 120,000 pounds of food which was distributed to the those in need throughout Southeast Michigan. This year, Ms. Rahman says that she hopes to exceed this feat. She explains that during the month of fasting, “Muslims experience the surface level of what it feels like to be hungry which drives them to chip in.” She says they have no shortage of volunteers, even though handling out thousands of pounds of food can be tiresome, especially during the fasting period. News-Herald reports that “with donation boxes at local mosques and a lineup of events, there is no shortage of opportunities to exceed last year’s numbers.”
On the connection between fasting and giving back during Ramadan, Ms. Rahman makes the point that “the physical, tangible part is avoiding food and drink but more importantly we are trying to make ourselves better people during this month.”