Muslim charity workers across Dundee are still striving to help out the city’s most vulnerable, despite fasting for up to 20 hours a day during Ramadan.
The fast, which lasts from May 17 to June 16, sees Muslims abstaining from food and drink from sunrise to sunset.
It also requires participants to refrain from all sinful deeds. Muslims believe the ritual brings greater understanding of the suffering of others as well as increasing closeness to God.
Despite the challenge, Muslims try to increase the amount of charitable work in their communities during the month-long period.
Those at community outreach programme Taught by Muhammad (TBM) have even been cooking meals for hundreds in need, while refraining from eating or drinking themselves.
In one day alone last week, the group cooked 60 meals and distributed them to three homeless shelters.
Rizwan Rafik, of TBM, said although it was a “very hard” task, nothing would stop the charity’s army of volunteers.
He said: “Your belly might be rumbling but the amazing thing is the desire to help others. There were a dozen young guys who came in last week to help out at our curry kitchens.
“I have to take my hat off to every single one of them.
“You’re having to chop, prepare and cook everything just as quickly as normal. It’s really fast-paced and all the while they’re fasting.
“It’s important to also note the vast majority of people who help out are non-Muslim, and we appreciate everything our volunteers do.”
Shoaib Khan, president of the city’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, added that Ramadan only strengthens the desire to help others.