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Consumer Association reminds Muslims to avoid wasting food this Ramadhan

The Ramadhan month is set to begin on 2 April and our Muslim friends are getting ready to begin the fasting month.

The Consumers Association of Penang has taken the opportunity to remind Muslims to resolve to make this Ramadan more meaningful and spiritually enriching.

In a Facebook post, the President of the group, Mohideen Abdul Kader said Ramadhan is supposed to be a month of intense devotion for Muslims. However, some turned it into a month of feasting and wasteful spending.

Source: Facebook

“For the past 10 years, CAP has been carrying out campaigns against wastage, overindulgence and extravagance, traits which are condemned by Islam and other religions.”

“The campaign was initiated by our late president S.M. Mohammed Idris, who was horrified by the large amounts of food waste and extravagant spending of the Muslim elite during this holy month while millions of people have no adequate food, shelter, education and healthcare.” Mohideen wrote.

Mohideen also shared that Muslims should avoid breaking fast in hotels and instead break their fast traditionally, in their homes with family members or in a spiritual environment such as mosques.

Source: The Star

“Ramadhan is supposed to be a month of intense devotion for Muslims but for some, it has become a month of feasting and wasteful spending,” he said.

He also shared how it has now become a “feast with a 100-dish spread” in hotels and restaurants.

“Excessive varieties and quantities prepared for Iftar and Sahur leads to waste. A lot of food is thrown away by hotels and families into the waste dumps. Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) reported, in 2016, that every Ramadhan, 200,000 tonnes of food go straight into the rubbish bins. This quantity of food could feed 180 million people,” he added.

Source: The Star

He went on saying that throwing away food is considered a sin as it deprives food from the needy, depletes resources and contributes to environmental degradation.

“Avoid breaking fast in hotels and instead, break fast in your homes or at a mosque with your family members and friends. Invite your non-Muslim neighbours to break fast with you. This way, we build goodwill and understanding among Malaysians,” he said.

That said, whether Ramadhan or not, we should not be wasting food and instead, be grateful of what was provided on the table.

What do you think of Mohideen’s advice? Share your thoughts!


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