Preston vicar takes part in Ramadan fast

Fasting: Ali Amla (below), of Preston Faith Forum, and Rev Peter Hamborg (above)
Fasting: Ali Amla (below), of Preston Faith Forum, and Rev Peter Hamborg (above)
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Rev Peter Hamborg, who is the vicar at Christ Church in Fulwood, joined local Muslims in going without food or water for one day, between sunrise and sunset.

The Experiencing Ramadan event was organised by Ali Alma of the Preston Faith Forum with people taking part raising money for the mental health charity MIND. It concluded on Saturday with a feast at the Iqra Centre on Garstang Road.

Ali Amla

Ali Amla

Rev Peter said: “It was a long day and not everyone appreciates that it means going with no water as well as no food.

“Ali Amla gave us a sheet explaining to set our alarms for 2.30am so we could eat a lot of complex carbohydrates before sunrise. I woke up and ate four Weetabixes, two bananas and two slices of toast.

“You discover you have little habits that you do throughout the day. I have two young children and when they were eating their meals I wanted to pick at it.”

Rev Peter met with local Muslims for a meal at 9.30pm which started with water and fruit to rehydrate them after a day without water. Rev Peter says next year he will practice Christian forms of fasting during Ramadan.

He said: “It’s a way of standing in solidarity with our Muslim neighbours.

“We all need to try and understand this Islamic tradition better if we are to break down some of the misconceptions.”

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