Friday, May 26, 2017

Positive Change in World Religions

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Yesterday our Syrian sponsorship group heard that a Mothers Day gathering for the women was a big hit. There are six moms amongst our 23 family members and they were as animated and open as the women who offered the event has ever seen them. Wonderful. Now, what about Fathers Day? The challenge is that this celebration falls during Ramadan. This means no food and a less than celebratory atmosphere. Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. It is a time of increased prayer and charitable deeds.

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I heard Ziyaad Mia interviewed on CBC radio yesterday about the Give 30 campaign he began in 2012 to give Muslims and others of good will the opportunity to be systematically generous during Ramadan. This morning I received an email from him which included this:

I am inviting you to join Give 30, a grassroots movement against hunger and for positive change that's inspired by Ramadan.  The 2017 campaign launched recently and runs until September 5 (Ramadan is May 27 - June 24).

Once again we are reminded that all of the major religions of the world encourage generosity and compassion as part of authentic faith.


1 comment:

roger said...

Sounds like a good cause. I know quite a few Imams, and will be attending numerous Iftar dinners during Ramadan. These Imams are the most generous and caring people, and few people see how much they give to the community.