VIDEO: Muslim Community Gives Back For Ramadan
Windsor's Muslim community is working to help those in need.
The 12th annual Share the Spirit of Ramadan Food Drive was held this past weekend at Devonshire Mall.
Organizer Sousan Khled says a goal of 1,000 bags is set every year but they surpass that goal every time with the help of the community.
Khled says the group also paired up with Real Canadian Superstore to collect money to purchase items in bulk --- allowing them to gather much more for their money. "The bag contains 14 non-perishable food items, a couple of toiletry items in there as well. Different charities like the Adventist Churches, the Windsor Homes Collation, The Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul, and 16 other charities around Windsor that will be receiving this food."
Khled says the Muslim community has been quietly doing things like this in the community for decades -- but misconceptions motivated them to show the public what it means to be Muslim. "We wanted to have people understand what our religion is all about. There was a lot of misconception and we wanted to let people know exactly what we're all about. We've been giving, we've always had can drives, but more private. It turned into, you know what, lets make a big splash and teach people what we actually do."
"A small percentage of people are making a bad name for a peaceful faith," says Khled. "I would say 99% of them are of the same ideology as I am and that's, open the mosque doors, let anybody come in at any time to see what's going on, we're praying, we're giving, and we're involved. I think the ones that do the most damage are the ones that get the most attention and that's unfortunate."