Today at the Airdrie Public Library, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Airdrie were sharing their knowledge and educating people on Ramadan.

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed by approximately 1.6 billion people worldwide. Ramadan follows the lunar calendar; hence the start of Ramadan varies from year to year. This year Ramadan is from March 11 to April 10.

"This month is known as a month of fasting (not drinking water or eating food from sunrise to sunset). Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. And every Muslim of adult age has to fast. The reason why we're doing it is because it helps us get closer to God." stated Zahir Ahmed, a local Imam.

However, there are exceptions when it comes to fasting. Muslims who are sick or elderly or are undergoing medical treatment, children, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and are exempt.  

Ramadan encompasses more than abstaining from food and drink. Throughout the month, Muslims are encouraged to engage in acts of kindness for their community, refrain from gossiping, and, in contemporary times, disconnect from technology to foster deeper connections with friends and family.

"We try to help the poor, we try to help the needy, and then at the same time, if the food bank needs help, we will volunteer as well."

During Ramadan, praying is also a key component as they try to build stronger relationships with Allah.

On April 3, the association will be hosting another event at the Town and Country Centre called "Fasting in World Religions".


"Different religions will present their concept of fasting and because fasting is such a universal thing, it connects almost all religions."

Ahmed finished off by saying a lot of times people are hesitant to ask questions about Ramadan, but there is no reason to be, they are more than willing to answer any questions.

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