SOAS students set up 'Ramadan Tent'

SOAS students provided a ‘Ramadan Tent’ on campus to mark the holiest month.

SOAS students set up 'Ramadan Tent'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Connecting London people on a humanitarian level, SOAS has organized special iftars for the homeless and people of other communities.

"We want this Ramadan campaign to challenge some of the misconceptions people have about Islam,” Omar Salha, an alumnus of the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), told The BBC on Thursday, July 11.

"But it's also about connecting with all communities on a more humanistic level.

The special iftars, held at Ramadan Tent in SOAS in Bloomsbury, central London, were first suggested by Salha, an activist in Muslim volunteer activities across Britain."It's only right that as Muslims and Londoners we serve the wider London community in the spirit of Ramadan," he added.

His experience in hosting iftar dates back to 2011 when he organized an iftar for SOAS students.

At this iftar, participants gave out meals to the homeless in Lincoln's Inn Fields, a large public square in Holborn, central London.

This experience spurred Salha to create a more organized campaign this year for the entirety of Ramadan, with the support of individual donors and various restaurants, such as homeless charity St Mungo's.

Ramadan, or Sawm, is one of the five pillars of Islam, which requires practising Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset.

It is the month The Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad through angel Gabriel.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Temmuz 2013, 11:40