Mosques to offer a greener, healthier options this Ramadan

A healthy food corner by An-Nahdhah Mosque during Ramadan on June 24, 2015.
A healthy food corner by An-Nahdhah Mosque during Ramadan on June 24, 2015.PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

SINGAPORE - Mosques around the island will be working with government agencies to encouragetheir congregants to have a healthier and greener Ramadan this year as part of their Touch of Ramadan campaign.

This was announced by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore at a press conference on Wednesday (May 25)

An-Nahdhah Mosque, which hosts around 250 people daily for the breaking of the fast during Ramadan - the Muslim fasting month- will cut down oil and salt for its meals, as well as offer a platter of fruits and vegetables.

Mosque religious officer for An-Nahdhah Mr Mohamed Tajuddin Noor said it will also have a healthy choice corner this Ramadan, which begins on June 6 this year, and offer brown rice and grilled fish for up to 100 worshippers as well as hold talks throughout the month on the topic of healthy living from a religious perspective.

Tan Tock Seng Hospital will also be holding talks on Sunday (May 29) to educate diabetics on how to fast safely without affecting their blood glucose levels, while the Health Promotion Board aims to get up to 2,000 smokers to quit smoking as part of its Ramadan I Quit programme.

Mujahidin Mosque will be spearheading the Green Ramadan campaign, which aims to get mosques to save up to 250,000 litres of water a week by getting worshippers to use less water when making ablution.

Mosques will also be encouraged to move away from offering styrofoam or plastic utensils for their congregants to break their fast and to switch to reusable or biodegradable alternatives instead.

This year's Ramadan campaign will be launche on Sunday (May 29) at Al-Iman Mosque in Bukit Panjang.