Ramadan brings to mind Africa famine

A MUSLIM councillor has spoken of how the fasting during Ramadan brought to mind the massive famine in east Africa.

Councillor Suqlain Mahmood, who represents Bennetts End on Dacorum Borough Council, says he observed a fast for more than 18 hours a day from dawn to sunset during August.

He said: “It is a time for self control, prayer, charity giving, thanksgiving and for thinking about those whose basic food needs are not being met,.

“More so this year with the news of the famine in Somalia and other parts of East Africa at the back of many people’s minds.”

Tens of thousands of people have died and an estimated 10 million have been affected by the famine in Somalia, which has affected Kenya and Ethiopia.

The disaster has been caused by the worst drought in more than 50 years.

Mr Mahmood said: “Following the announcement of the sighting of the new moon in Saudi Arabia, many members of the Dacorum Muslim community brought their month long fasting to an end on Monday evening.

“The end of the fast is followed by three days of festivities, know as the Eid, with presents being exchanged and families getting together to enjoy special food during daylight hours once again.”