Among the five pillars of Islam, Ramadan is a core tenant of the Muslim faith. The Muslim calendar is based off the lunar cycle, and Ramadan marks itself as the ninth and holiest month of the year. It is a time for the global Muslim community to come together in fasting and spiritual reflection. From sunrise till sunset, Muslims refrain from food and drink, devoting time to prayer and almsgiving. Fasting allows Muslims to empathize with struggles of those less fortunate; focusing instead on spiritual nourishment of the soul. It is a month of charity, compassion, and community.
Ramadan is also a time of intentional, heightened solidarity between Muslims and their neighbors across the spectrum of faith, philosophical, and ethical traditions. Muslim and non-Muslim communities alike are increasingly partnering together and utilizing Ramadan as an important touchstone for interfaith engagement through iftars, community events, and other outreach activities.
This Ramadan, we have invited Muslims and all faiths to share stories of service, gratitude, and community. As part of our Interfaith Ramadan series, we will be featuring a series of reflections throughout the month to highlight Muslim and non-Muslim voices that are making a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world. From community organizing in London to refugee resettlement in Beirut, Ramadan is a time for people of all faiths to work across lines of division towards solidarity and inclusion.
Through all of these reflections, we hope you will be inspired by how young people are motivated by their faith to harness the good in their communities to build bridges across diverse traditions.
Share your own reflections with us to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us at #RamadanPoWR
- Why Ramadan is Meaningful to this Atheist by Adam Garner, Campaigns Manager for DoSomething.Org, Atheist, New York, USA
- A Ramadan for Such a Time as This by Andrew Hanauer, Director of One America Movement, Christian, Washington, D.C., USA
- "Islam Means Peace" - Says Who? by Farhan Iqbal, Imam of Baitul Islam Mosque, Ahmaddiya Muslim, Ontario, Canada
- Welcoming Our Neighbors and Challenging Injustice by Claire Moll, Affordable Housing Organizer, Protestant, East London, UK
- Welcoming Thy Neighbor in Lebanon by Joe Matta, Dialogue for Life and Reconciliation, Christian, Lebanon
- Healthy Minds, Healthy Communities by Suraj Arshanapally, WHO Intern, Hindu, Geneva, Switzerland
- Interreligious Dialogue in Israel by Natalie Ryabyshenkov, Coordinator of MASA International Student Programs, Reform Jew, Israel
- Setting my Intentions for Ramadan by Sara Rahim, UN Representative, Muslim, Chicago, IL, USA
- RAMADAN and PULSE by Fahim Gulamali, Assistant Director at ProHumanitate Institute, Winstom-Salem, NC, USA
- An Interfaith Christian's Lessons from Ramadan by Elias Gonzalez, Carpe Diem, Christian, Guadalajara, Mexico
- Etfadalo Ma3ana! by Ramy Farouk, MA student at Göttingen University, Coptic Christian, Cairo, Egypt
- A Ramadan Sunset by Jem Jebbia, PhD Candidate at Stanford University, Zen Buddhist, Stanford, CA, USA
- Far More United by Rosanna Smith, Sustainable Economic Development, Baha'i, Chester, UK
- Ramadan for Artists by Rev. Erik Martínez Resly, Lead Organizer at the Sanctuaries, Unitarian Universalist, Washington, D.C., USA
- Finding Dharma in Religious Diversity by Dr. Abhijeet Jadhav, Doctor and Faculty at TISS, Hindu, Mumbai, India
- Building Interfaith Bridges in France by Youssef Ben, Etudiants Musulmans De France, Muslim, France
- Ramadan, Seva, and Social Justice - Musings from a diaspora Desi by Amardeep Kainth, Sikh, Tokyo, Japan
- Reflecting on Sympathy in Israel & Palestine, by Leah Nussbaum, Rabbinical Student at Hebrew Union College, Jewish, New York, USA
- Fasting Through Different Stages by Aroona Toor, Co-Founder of Muslim Women's Professional Network, Muslim, St. Louis, MO, USA
- Memories of the Middle East by Amira Mikhail, Founder of Eshhad, Washington, D.C., USA
- Choosing Charity over Conflict by Lachlan Mackay, Parliament Ambassador, Baha'i, Wellington, New Zealand
- My First Ramadan - 2017 by Steve Slocum, Founder of Muslim-American Friendship Foundation, Interfaith, San Diego, CA, USA
- Breaking Fast, Building Friendship by Johnny Martin, Youth Director of Arizona Interfaith Movement, Muslim, Tempe, Arizona, USA
- Unity & Reconciliation by Emmanuel Bahinda, Co-Founder of Trinitas Community Organization, Pentecostal, Kigali, Rwanda
- Ramadan Reflections from a Latinx Muslim by Amira Alsareinye, Freelance Writer, Muslim, Texas, US
- Is Anyone Out There by Muneeb Nasir, Toronto based Imam, Muslim, Ontario, Canada
- A Zoroastrian's Reflection on Solidarity by Shayda S, George Washington University, Zoroastrian, Washington D.C., USA