CAIRO – As the clock ticks towards the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, a US advocacy group is calling on mosques across the United States to open doors to their neighbors of all faiths and backgrounds for interfaith iftar to share the spirituality of the holy month and enhance Islam understanding in the country.
Inspired by Ramadan’s message of unity and solidarity, CAIR issued an annual campaign for local communities to host iftar dinner receptions and open houses for our neighbors of other faiths and backgrounds.
“To assist local Muslim community leaders, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has produced a “Sharing Ramadan Resource Guide 2016″ that offers step-by-step advice on hosting an interfaith iftar, or fast-breaking meal, with their fellow Americans of other faiths and backgrounds,” a CAIR statement obtained by AboutIslam.net reads.
“The resource guide includes instructions on forming a “Sharing Ramadan” committee, a sample media advisory for an iftar, advice on reaching out to local media, an advertisement for the event, text for a “Welcome to Our Ramadan Fast-Breaking” brochure, frequently-asked questions about Ramadan, and a sample event program and newspaper advertisement.”
During such a campaign, CAIR would be helping local Muslim communities organize “Sharing Ramadan” iftars by providing step-by-step instructions for hosting the events titled “Sharing Ramadan Resource Guide 2016”.
Ramadan is the holiest month in Islamic calendar.
During the holy month, adult Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.
The sick and those traveling are exempt from fasting especially if it poses health risks.
Fasting is meant to teach Muslims patience, self-control and spirituality, and time during the holy month is dedicated for getting closer to Allah though prayers, reading the Noble Qur’an and good deeds.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) said that holy month would begin on Monday, June 6, in North America.