Several members of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service fasted for the day on Monday 19 April to show support for Muslim colleagues and everyone fasting for Ramadan.
“I’m not a Muslim but I will fast for one day” is a community cohesion initiative by One Voice Blackburn that asks people to fast in solidarity with Muslims who are fasting for Ramadan.
The initiative is now in its 7th year, with members of the public, officials from local organisations from the public and private sector, and One Voice members taking part.
Faxi Assi, Community Fire Safety Advisor in Eastern Area, is organising the Service’s participation and said:
“I want to thank my colleagues who have already taken up the challenge of fasting with me for a day during the month of Ramadan. It goes without saying that their support is invaluable, and I am truly honoured to have them joining me in this initiative.”
Area Manager for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Mark Hutton said:
“This is the first time that I have fasted for a day during Ramadan, and I find it gave me the opportunity to appreciate what we sometimes take for granted in life whilst giving me a greater understanding of Islam. Collectively, as a service, we are proud to support this initiative and show support to our Muslim friends and colleagues. We pride ourselves on supporting our neighbours and communities and we wish Muslims across Lancashire a safe and happy Ramadan.”