AT LEAST since 1805, Western heads of government have been making delicate judgments over how exactly to signal their respect for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. On December 9th of that year, Thomas Jefferson changed the time of a White House dinner from the usual 3.30 pm to “precisely at sunset”. The shift was made to accommodate the religious obligations of a guest from Tunis who was playing an important role in… ..more: economist.com
The Metropolitan police have launched an investigation after a shot was fired outside a London mosque during prayers for Ramadan. Police said there were no injuries, and they believe the shot came from a blank-firing handgun, and significantly, they were not treating it as a terrorist incident. The single shot was fired outside a mosque in Ilford in east London at 10.45pm….MORE: THE Guardian
“In the social aspect, people come closer, because they eat together more, they feel this unity. It is a month of unity, gathering, sharing, charity,” said Imam Wissam Abdul Baki, Islamic Center of Western Massachusetts…more:wwlp
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds filled Cooks Park in West Springfield Friday morning to celebrate the the end of Ramadan with a congregational prayer. ..more: wwlp
Lloyd, a British Christian, will be covering her head for the entire duration of the holy month this year in solidarity with Muslim women who face discrimination for wearing the hijab.
“I feel very strongly about this,” said Lloyd, the youngest participant of the 30-day Ramadan hijab challenge, a yearly initiative by the non-profit World Hijab Day (WHD) organisation, inviting women of all faiths to wear the headscarf for a month….more: .aljazeera
An invitation for the event, which includes dinner and is co-sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Western Massachusetts, has been extended to leaders of area faith communities for their congregations. Iftar is the breaking of the fast at day’s end…
West Springfield Mayor William C. Reichelt is scheduled to welcome participants and the society’s Imam Wissam Abdul Baki to lead those gathered in the prayer.Ramadan is the holiest month for Muslims who represent many different cultures and countries, and the…
“….and that you run with the force of your legs to answer the cry of one in distress…” -Prophet Muhammad
Muslims who were awake late to eat before resuming their Ramadan fast may have saved lives in Grenfell Tower, HuffPost UK has been told. As a blaze took hold of the west London building in the middle of the night, many of its residents were fast asleep. But Muslims were awake for Suhur, the meal before they begin fasting again during daylight hours. HuffPost UK spoke to people at the scene who said that their actions in rousing their neighbours almost certainly saved lives. One local woman told HuffPost UK: “Thank God for Ramadan.”..more: HUFFINGTONPOST.CO.UK
Two other professors at the UW heard about White’s gesture and decided to do the same. One of them, Rania Hussein, is also Muslim.
White says that besides the food and the timing, students who feel they belong do better on tests.
“I’ll have my students chant, ‘I am meant to be in this Intro to Physiology,’” White said. “I know that’s corny, but … I want them to think, ‘this class really cares about each other.’seattletimes