We join you in welcoming this season of spiritual renewal and fellowship! This week, Muslims in the Delaware Valley and around the world began the month-long fast of Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset.
The fast is performed to exercise discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God’s commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the “five pillars” of Islam.
We invite friends of all faiths to attend our annual “Sharing Ramadan” events – interfaith iftars (fast-breaking meal) and other social activities hosted by local mosques. Mosques will also have special prayers, called taraweeh, after the daily night-time prayer.
Ramadan is not only a time for Muslims to strengthen their faith through discipline and fasting, but it’s a time make positive contributions to society through increased charity.
We ask you to keep CAIR-Philadelphia in your prayers this month. Protecting civil rights and liberties and involvement in media and interfaith activism requires a lot of resources. We believe that with your help, we will accomplish our goals. CLICK HERE to see how you can help us reach our goals this Ramadan.
SHARE RAMADAN WITH AMERICAN MUSLIM FAMILIES!
CAIR-Philadelphia is hosting a series of “Sharing Ramadan” events that offer people of all faiths an opportunity to experience the blessed Muslim month of fasting. All are welcomed! You and your family are invited to a special dinner, and to witness the evening prayers.
Upcoming Sharing Ramadan Event:
July 28 & 29, 2012
Foundation for Islamic Education
1860 Montgomery Ave. Villanova, PA 19085
Please arrive 20 minutes before sunset.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 267-515-6710
Visit our Sharing Ramadan page more information and a full schedule.
COMMUNITY RAMADAN EVENT
A special Iftar dinner under a tent in Center City Philadelphia. The tradition in some Muslim countries of setting up tents to offer iftar dinners to the poor and needy is first adopted in Philadelphia.
Date: July 21-23, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM (dinner served at sunset)
Location: Independence National Historical Park
(Market St. between 5th & 6th)
Free event presented by the Dialogue Forum, Peace Islands Institute and Old St. Joseph’s Church