Calgary Muslim Community Celebrates Ramadan by Donating to Ukrainians Fleeing War – Calgary

Members of Calgary’s Muslim community have shown charity to Ukrainian nationals fleeing that country due to the ongoing Russian invasion and war.

On Monday afternoon, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association dropped off household item donations at the Women In Need Society (WINS) thrift store.

“Things that, you know, would help them adjust to their new normal life,” Ahmadiyya spokeswoman Adila Munir said.

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A mother herself, Munir said her goals for her family are to make her home comfortable to sleep in and to be able to provide hot, nutritious meals.

“These mothers, these children who arrive and they have the same objectives. Ultimately, we all want to live in a peaceful environment and provide some comfort through these things – I know things are not the only source of comfort – but if they can provide a source of comfort, why not?

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April coincides with the month of Ramadan, generally considered a month of fasting in Islam. But the month is also marked by giving.


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“With this in mind, many members of our community have been asked to donate; to look in their homes and see if they have any items that they would be willing to help others with,” Munir said. “And they weren’t asked to go out and buy anything.”

This is not the first group of refugees that the Muslim community in Calgary has tried to help. In recent years, people fleeing countries like Syria and Afghanistan have needed it.

But their charitable work goes beyond incoming refugees.

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“The members of our community are very generous and they have a very high spirit of generosity. Charity is something highly valued and giving to those less fortunate is something we truly believe in.

The Center for Newcomers connects recently arrived Ukrainians with WINS, which will distribute household items.

And with one week remaining during Ramadan, donations are always welcome, through the Center for Newcomers or the Baitun-Nur Mosque.


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It’s a way of sharing the relative fortunes Calgary enjoys with those fleeing a war-torn country.

“What we can do with having the luxuries we have is give to them, help them and support them as they adjust to their new life,” Munir said.

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“Coming to a new country has its challenges. And if you can support by donating a few items, why not? »

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