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Irish Muslims reached out to LGBTs during Ramadan

Irish Muslims Stand With Gays

6 July 2016

By Susan Orr - QL UK

Over in Ireland the local Muslim community reached out to the LGBT community by inviting members to a community Iftar, the meal to mark the end of the daily fast for Ramadan.

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri – chairman of the Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council and Imam of the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre mosque says:

“As more than one billion Muslims worldwide celebrate Ramadan by fasting and appreciating the blessings given to us, it is important for the Irish Muslim community to reach out to our neighbours as an example of true Islamic ideals.”

Following the mass shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people Dr Al-Qadri said he stands with the LGBTI community:

“I stand with the LGBT community and I am against the marginalisation of any group. It should not have happened. We are a minority ourselves, we understand what discrimination is.”

Fasting is one of the “five pillars” of Islam. Ramadan is the month in the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset. The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God’s commandments.

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