Liberal MP Mark Holland has announced his decision to fast in the month of Ramadan.
Holland publicized his statement at the Parliament on June 3, 2016, and said that fasting enables him to support his charity organization, “Give 30,” by giving away money saved from not eating to the needy.
The not-for-profit organization was founded in 2012 and fights hunger across Canada through its partnership with the country’s largest food bank.
Holland says his experience with fasting reminded him of the hunger poor people in Canada and around the world feel on a daily basis and motivated him to donate money to less fortunate people to whom “relief never comes.”
“When I fasted it was an incredible experience to feel what it was like to be hungry. Of course, I got relief at the end of the day, for many children unfortunately in Canada and around the world, that relief never comes. They have to make it through the day and try to learn and try to prepare for their future without the aid of food. This charity gives the opportunity to reflect upon that and use the power of Ramadan to help others.”
Fasting this Ramadan in support of @Give_30. Donate what you would spend on food to local food banks; visit give30.ca for more info— Mark Holland (@markhollandlib) June 17, 2015
The Canadian MP has received numerous rave reviews from Muslims for his selfless initiative.
“This is amazing and thank you for stating the meaning for Ramadan you nailed it absolutely magnificent speech,” wrote Deqa Nur Mohamoud Shabel on his Facebook page. “Thank you very much Mr. MP. Ramadan Mubarak to you and your family.”
“This is amazing and thank you for stating the meaning for Ramadan you nailed it absolutely magnificent speech thank you very much Mr. MP. Ramadan Mubarak to you and your family,” wrote another Facebook user, Tarek al-Ghazali.