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Oklahoma Muslims volunteer at food bank during Ramadan

More than 130 Oklahoma Muslims were volunteering at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City on Saturday.
by Adam Kemp Published: July 28, 2013
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Even while fasting in observance of Ramadan, Noran Abueisheh wants to make sure others don't go hungry.

Abueisheh, 15, was one of more than 130 Oklahoma Muslims to volunteer Saturday at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.

Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. Observant Muslims abstain from food, drink and sensual pleasures from dawn to sunset during the month, which commemorates the divine revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. The holy month ends Aug. 8

Abueisheh, a Westmoore High School student, was bagging rice from a huge box into individual packets. She said it felt good to get out and serve her community.

“It's very cool to be out here together,” she said. “We know it's important for us as a faith to get out and give back and so this feels nice.”

Volunteering at the food bank was the kickoff event to a new campaign from the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations to take part in activities that will enhance the quality of life for fellow Oklahomans.

The Oklahoma Muslims Care campaign is designed to coordinate volunteer opportunities for Oklahoma Muslims so they can show their pride in their state through giving back.

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by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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