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Mosques across Canada turn to digital fundraising as Ramadan approaches
Ramadan, the holy month in the Muslim calender, begins in less than two weeks. With the entire country in quarantine and places of worship closed, mosques across Canada are turning to digital fundraising to keep afloat and engage with their congregations.
The project, which is supported by Islamic Relief Canada, ensures that mosques are equipped with the necessary tools to collect donations to pay mosque staff, upkeep of mosques and help with local and international causes.
Nadeem Sheikh, President of Scarborough Muslim Association, says:
“We are foreseeing that places of worship will remain closed for the month of Ramadan. This month is usually our busiest time as we see thousands attending congregational prayers, communal family meals and community activities. We are now pursuing an active digital fundraising campaign with the help of Islamic Relief Canada.”
Zaid Al-Rawni, CEO of Islamic Relief Canada, says:
“For Muslims, mosques are very important to our communities spiritual and mental well-being as individuals and as a community. The vast majority of mosques took responsible steps and proactively closed their doors to help stop the spread of COVID-19. For many Muslims across Canada, this will be the first Ramadan where they don’t have access to a mosque and their congregations. We are trying to help our mosques stay resilient and build their capacity to serve the community in different ways, such as through more digital programming.”