Faith Matters: Montgomery Muslims Fast for Ramadan

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By Josh Ninke

There are five pillars to the Islamic faith. Probably the most well known is the trip to the holy city Mecca. Another pillar is fasting during Ramadan, where they only eat before dawn and after the sun sets. But the muslim faithful aren't just abstaining from food and water.

 
"And you also not only abstaining from those things but you're also abstaining from bad feelings towards humanity," said Imam Abdur Rahim Sabree.
 
Humanity includes the entire world, even those of other faiths. Imam Abdur Rahim Sabree converted to Islam in his early twenties. He feels very comfortable with the small but growing muslim population in Montgomery. 
 
"I'd say it feels like being home. I was a baptist. And my religion, iIslam, don't turn me against Christianity, or Judaism, because these are the great religions. So I feel right at home in the south."
 
Montgomery has always been a home for fellow muslim Larry El-Amin as well. He says this time of fasting let's the islamic community recharge to do more good in the area. 
 
"Ramadan gives us a chance to step back and reclaim that association with with God, seeking his mercy and bounty in all matters and strengthening us in our faith," said El-Amin
 
The biggest way that the Muslim Center of Montgomery helps the community is through a partnership with the local food bank.
 
"We're able to service that need and provide the people with basic groceries and we have been able to do that consistently once a quarter here at the center," El-Amin said. 
 

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