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Iftar packs distributed during Ramadan thanks to Preston North End

Posted on - 21st April, 2021 - 10:28am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston North End, Proud Preston, Sport
Doorstep deliveries were given to those fasting Pic: Ian Robinson / Preston North End
Doorstep deliveries were given to those fasting Pic: Ian Robinson / Preston North End

Preston North End are celebrating the month of Ramadan by providing free fresh fruit, water and dates for those who are fasting.

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A gazebo is being stationed at Deepdale each evening throughout the holy month of Islamic celebrations, which began Tuesday, 13 April.

Read more: Month-long Ramadan celebrations taking place at Deepdale

Members of the community will be able to access goods from 6pm to 7.30pm every evening until Friday 7 May.

Preston North End Community and Education Trust is working in partnership with Preston United, Preston City Council, Deepdale councillors Zafar Coupland, Siraz Natha and Ismail Bax, Lancashire County Councillor Frank de Molfetta, KGN Food Store, and Community Gateway Association to deliver the project.

Preston North End Community and Education Trust tweeted to let the community know the scheme was running successfully.

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The tweet said: “Hundreds more Iftar packs have been distributed this evening with our stalls at Deepdale and Castleton Road, as well as doorstep deliveries.”

The fast of Ramadan typically sees Muslims abstaining from eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset every day throughout the holy month.

Omar Khan of Preston United explained the importance of Ramadan and why those of an Islamic faith fast throughout the holy month.

From left to right are all PNECET staff unless otherwise stated, and in order are: Harriet Creighton Levis, Sagwati Malabi, Omar Khan (Preston United), Rebecca Robertson, Luke Jno-Baptiste (Community Gateway), Zafar Coupland (Deepdale Councillor), Liam Sealey, Kamran Ahmed (Deepdale Community Association), Sharon Gaughan (Community Gateway), Tom Drake Pic: Ian Robinson / Preston North End
From left to right are all PNECET staff unless otherwise stated, and in order are: Harriet Creighton Levis, Sagwati Malabi, Omar Khan (Preston United), Rebecca Robertson, Luke Jno-Baptiste (Community Gateway), Zafar Coupland (Deepdale Councillor), Liam Sealey, Kamran Ahmed (Deepdale Community Association), Sharon Gaughan (Community Gateway), Tom Drake Pic: Ian Robinson / Preston North End

He said: “Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and is a time to reflect on how we lead our daily lives. It’s a very spiritual time.

“We fast on average 16-and-a-half hours each day, from sunrise to sunset. It’s a great time for us as individuals to reconnect with God and it is also a celebration of love and harmony within the community.

“It is also the month where the holy book, the Qur’an, was revealed to our Prophet Muhammad by God.

“This year, we are celebrating the beginning of Ramadan by providing Iftar packs, which is food to open the fast. It’s an expansion of what the Trust is trying to do, to get out in the community and understand its community.”

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