Muslim Donation Delivers Half-ton of Food to Crossroads Center

October 31, 2006

Author: Deborah Bulkeley

Source: Deseret Morning News,1249,650203138,00.html

More than half a ton of food was delivered to Crossroads Urban Center on Monday, the result of a monthlong drive by Utah's Muslim community during the holy month of Ramadan.

Charity is an integral part of Ramadan, during which adherents to Islam fast from sunrise to sunset, said Imam Shuaib-ud Din of the Khadeeja mosque in West Valley City. The month, based on a lunar calendar, ended Sunday.

"Ramadan is a month of sharing, a month of compassion," Din said. "We have always shared with members of our community, and decided this time around that it's about time we share with the larger community."

The delivery, which weighed in at 1,015.2 pounds, was the result of an effort by the entire Muslim community, including Girl Scout Troop 786, Iqra Academy, the Muslim Society of Greater Salt Lake and mosque attendees.