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Celebrating Ramadan while calls for Ceasefire continue

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ROCHESTER. N.Y. (WROC) — A local Muslim leader discusses Ramadan while calls for a ceasefire continue.

Sareer Fazili who is a member of the board of trustees of the Barakah Muslim Charity spoke with News 8 about Ramadan during the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

Fazili said, “There are a lot of feelings of abandonment and betrayal in the community from how our government has reacted. From people that we thought were our friends, our associates as far as people who we felt believed in human rights and injustice.” He continued, “We are hopeful that our prayers and the prayers of those there will be answered and we will have an avenue to do our part and provide them with as much relief as we can.”

“Relief is needed in Gaza, desperately,” said the board of trustees member.

He discusses how Muslims within the community are having a hard time celebrating the month with a reported number of over 30,000 people killed in Gaza and reports of children suffering from starvation.

The Barakah Muslim Charity provides pantries and hot meals to people in the community as well as services for refugees like immigration help, counseling services, and social services.

Fazili said those looking to support Palestinians during this time, can go to the Barakah Muslim Charity and Islamic Center of Rochester to offer financial assistance that will support relief efforts.

​ ROCHESTER. N.Y. (WROC) — A local Muslim leader discusses Ramadan while calls for a ceasefire continue.

Sareer Fazili who is a member of the board of trustees of the Barakah Muslim Charity spoke with News 8 about Ramadan during the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

Fazili said, “There are a lot of feelings of abandonment and betrayal in the community from how our government has reacted. From people that we thought were our friends, our associates as far as people who we felt believed in human rights and injustice.” He continued, “We are hopeful that our prayers and the prayers of those there will be answered and we will have an avenue to do our part and provide them with as much relief as we can.”

“Relief is needed in Gaza, desperately,” said the board of trustees member.

He discusses how Muslims within the community are having a hard time celebrating the month with a reported number of over 30,000 people killed in Gaza and reports of children suffering from starvation.

The Barakah Muslim Charity provides pantries and hot meals to people in the community as well as services for refugees like immigration help, counseling services, and social services.

Fazili said those looking to support Palestinians during this time, can go to the Barakah Muslim Charity and Islamic Center of Rochester to offer financial assistance that will support relief efforts. Read More LocalRochesterFirst  

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