Hawzah News Agency (Indiana, US) – Coinciding with Ramadan and iftar meals, the Islamic Society of Michiana in Indiana State made room on the US Memorial Day to feed the needy of the ‘Center for Homeless in South Bend’.
“The holy Hijri month of Ramadan isn’t just about fasting, praying and worshiping, it’s about giving back to the community as well,” expressed one of the volunteers, who is a doctor at St. Joseph Medical Center.
Meals for all tenants and staff were brought from the South Bend Mosque in Michiana region to the homeless shelter to celebrate Ramadan by giving back to the community.
“Ramadan is a month to give and thank God for all the blessings we have. Islam orders us to help people of all races, religions and ethnicities, not just our Muslim community,” explained Ajazuwgin Sheikh.
“One of the best worships for God is to serve mankind and we’re very happy to provide this Memorial Day dinner to the veterans here and to all the homeless people,” he continued.
The Islamic society thanked all the families involved who volunteered their time and money; “we hope their acts of giving will help inspire others to do the same,” the society’s officials said.
Indiana is the 38th largest and the 17th most populous American state. Its capital and largest city is Indianapolis where various Native Americans have lived for thousands of years, yet, they now represent 0.4% of the 6,691,878 total population according to the 2010 United States Census.
The largest religious denomination in Indiana is Christianity while between 26% and 16% of the population are atheists. For Islam, the Islamic Society of North America is headquartered in Plainfield, Indiana.
According to a 2014 report from Pew Forum, the Muslim population in the state numbered as few as 0.5%.