Search

Ramadan diary: Upton Park Imam says fasting helps to reflect

10:15 18 July 2014

Imam Khalil, from Upton Park Mosque

Imam Khalil, from Upton Park Mosque

Archant

As thousands of Muslims in Newham fast for the month of Ramadan, the Recorder’s Faith and Community page is speaking to local Muslims to hear what the festival means to them.

Imam Khalil at Upton Park MosqueImam Khalil at Upton Park Mosque

This week, Khalil Ibn Elyas Laher, Imam at the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque in Upton Park, says Ramadan is a time to remember those most vulnerable in the world.

“From the 29th of June, Muslims started to fast during the month of Ramadan.

“This month is the holiest month for Muslims as it serves to remind Muslims to be grateful, righteous and humble.

“From devout Muslims, to those who aren’t as regular in practice, this month allows members of the Muslim community to come together unlike anything before.

“Every day, from sunrise to sunset, Muslims go through the process of not eating any food within those hours.

“For some it is an easy process, but for many it can be enduring and requires discipline, in order for the objective if this holy month to be achieved.

“That objective is to boost the spiritual connection that one has with God and to remember the needy.

“Across the world, many Muslims and non-Muslims are trapped in conflict zones, leaving them depressed whilst being oppressed.

“Many young children die in Africa due to mass poverty and conflict. Every time we feel the hunger whilst fasting, we become grateful - at the fact that we have been blessed, knowing that we will return to a nice hot meal once the sun sets, but for many people, it never does.

“At the end of Ramadan, many Muslims have gone through a spiritual journey that has allowed for a new level of understanding to be reached, along with a strong sense of solidarity for the poor and the oppressed.

“It is a month in which the soul is fed more than the body and a month that gathers all Muslims together.”

For more follow Imam Khalil on Twitter at @khalillaher

If you would like to see your own Ramadan message featured on this page, call Adam on 0208 477 3886 or email adam.barnett@archant.co.uk

Read more:

Stratford’s Bulgarians join church in ceremony at St Paul’s

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham News Stories

Yesterday, 18:29
Lyn Brown MP

Lyn Brown has called Jeremy Corbyn’s role as Labour leader “untenable” as she resigned from her role in the shadow cabinet.

Lyn Brown
Yesterday, 18:00
Lewis_3_-_Clive_in_2014

A Cockney crooner and former footballer who was known as the “life and soul of every party” has been remembered after he died in his sleep at the age of 77.

Eastlea Community School
Yesterday, 16:44
Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders promote Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie at Pride in London. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas, PA images

UEL fashion design students have a starring role in the new Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie after creating 12 costumes for the film.

Yesterday, 14:30
Retiring postmaster Amirali Allidina with family and friends outside his post office

A much-loved postmaster who retired after 35 years has been given a warm send-off by customers.

Ford

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Read more
Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe