Ramadan is a special time for Muslims all over the world. It is a time when many people intensify their worship at home and in mosques and come together with friends and family. Muslims are encouraged to empathize with the poor, the hungry, and the marginalized through fasting. Through family and community gatherings, Muslims cultivate bonds in their communities and globally. Through increased charity, Muslims increase good-will toward the rest of humanity. As more Muslims flock to Muslim community centers, mosques, and gathering during Ramadan, it is an ideal time to apply our faith in our communities and broader societies. This Ramadan, MuslimARC aims to encourage Muslims to build bridges across racial and ethnic lines, affirm our bond as a spiritual community, and commit ourselves to addressing racial injustice.
Objectives for MuslimARC Programming this month are as follows:
Develop proactive strategies to build bridges, work towards reconciliation, increase cooperation, and foster a sense of community in the Muslim community across racial and ethnic lines, with a special focus on converts, those without family and ethnic networks, and other self identified Muslims who feel isolated or marginalized due to their ethnic identity.
Highlight the diversity of Muslims by encouraging our followers to share their Ramadan practices using #MyIftar (i.e. iftar, suhoor, pics of their jumuah)
Explore the meaning of cultural pluralism in Islam and examine how this shapes the way Muslims interact.
In order to further these efforts, we present our Ramadan Anti-Racism Guide: 10 Ways to Unify for the Individual and the Organization. This is in two formats: a 4 page PDF and 10 stand-alone images: http://www.muslimarc.org/ramadan-anti-racism/.