This past week, I attended the Fast-a-thon Dinner with the DePaul UMMA (United Muslims Moving Ahead), which is one of the biggest UMMA events of the year. It allows people to experience fasting, sometimes for the first time, and break it together. Every year, the group chooses a charity to raise money for and raise awareness about an issue. This year’s charity was Muhsen, an non-profit organization that strives to raise awareness about disabilities and establish inclusive spaces within the Muslim community. This is a really great cause that makes accommodations for disabled people in the public, implementing programs focused on educating people on disabilities, and more. There was also a featured guest speaker who touched on their personal experiences and importance of special needs inclusion in the community.
Overall, it was a very eye-opening experience that helped raise awareness about disabilities in the Muslim community. The UMMA has a very inclusive and friendly atmosphere and encourages people from all backgrounds to attend and learn more about Muslim experiences.
I definitely checking it out next year if you’ve never been before and experience something new and contribute to good cause as well. I also encourage you all to check out Muhsen and help out in any way you can!