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Sharing the spirit of Ramadan

Muslim students break Ramadan fast with homeless at University of London


Students from the  University of London´s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) are welcoming the public to their "Ramadan Tent" during Islam´s holy month. The university, in Bloomsbury, is being used as the site where iftar, the sunset meal which breaks the fast, will be served.

Since starting last Wednesday, the number of participants in the fast has ranged from 80 to 120 per day.

Omar Salha, an SOAS alumnus, says he came up with the idea because he wanted to connect with communities.

"Some residents from St Mungo´s saw our advert in their residence and came," he continued, saying he was particularly keen to reach out to those ostracised by society. "They were reluctant to say who they were at the beginning, but later said they were happy that there are still people reaching out to them."

"We want this Ramadan campaign to challenge some of the misconceptions people have about Islam. But it´s also about connecting with all communities on a more humanistic level. It´s only right that as Muslims and Londoners we serve the wider London community in the spirit of Ramadan.


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