Sharing the Origination of the Buddha’s Precept At Islamic Virtual Ramadan Online Event

Venerable Chueh Fan, the Abbess of Fo Guan Shan Temple of Toronto, was invited by the Muslim organization, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Mississauga to attend the Virtual Ramadan event on May 11. As the representative of Buddhism, the Abbess introduced the origination of the Buddha’s precept of not eating after midday to the government representatives and various community faith leaders.

 

The 90-minute online event started with Islamic recitation. The 3-level government representatives who attended the event were the Mayor of Mississauga – Bonnie Crombie, Member of Parliament – Iqra Khalid, Members of Provincial Parliament – Deepak Anand, Nina Tangri, Kaleed Rasheed and Sheref Sabawy, the Chief of Peel Regional Police – Nishan Duraiappah, and the Fire Chief of Mississauga – Deryn Rizzi, all of whom reminded participants on the importance of adhering to social distancing and mask-wearing practices, as well as the importance of vaccination against COVID-19 to keep the pandemic under control. The event ended with representatives from the four religious groups – Jewish, Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist on their views of the concept of “fasting”.

 

Eid al-Fitr is a celebration of the end of the month-long fast, Ramadan, which is a traditional cultural festival in the Islamic religion. This year, Ramadan took place from April 13 to May 12. Due to the Provincial Stay-at-Home Order, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Mississauga held an online event celebrating Eid al-Fitr on May 11 in the evening. Various government representatives, religious leaders, and devotees, and community representatives were invited to the online event celebration.