The FORUM's purpose is to give a glimpse and a sound
to share in an 'Iftar (fast breaking) with Muslims and non-Muslims and
see the beauty and purpose of Ramadan (fasting) and enjoy a wonderful
multicultural dinner and to build bridges and see common ground through various topics, as this is a time for self reflection, through the Muslims'
celebrated month called Ramadan (month of fasting) amongst community's. It reminds each of us of the beauty of Islam and of, 'what is Ramadan' or fasting which is common to all faiths, its bodily, reflective and spiritual purpose and potent value in society, while reminding that the diversity of your food, comes the diversity of 'we' the people and the safeguarding of our environment and its people. We
all are essentially the ‘Taste of Ramadan’ reflecting each of our
unique tonal attributes. And… it is through the
architecture and tastes of our foods we take a glimpse this evening into the
diversity of ourselves and our individual faiths to see our
similarities not our differences.
There are a significant number of Muslim children in our school
system and Muslim adults in our communities, universities and
professions making bridge building an important venue. Then reflect on the spiritual concept of fasting common to
all faiths. It is an overflowing gathering of about 200-300 people, with a delicious multicultural home cooked dinner, two or three vibrant and thought provoking speakers reflecting diversity, sustainability and humanity within community, alongside is a unique Islamic art, a letter or attendance by the Mayor, and an interfaith gathering with civic engagement.
So, what is this
Well Ramadan is a month of fasting for Muslims. There are
basically five pillars in Islam: Shahhada (oneness of God), Salat
(prayer), Zakat (charity), Saum (fasting) and Hajj (the pilgrimage).
Today we are celebrating the fourth pillar, called Saum or fasting
which is the present month of which we share a taste called Ramadan.
And we will journey through a few perspectives, from sharing a view of
fasting by various speakers, which is common to all faiths and
philosophies. Essentially, Ramadan or the month of fasting is a
spiritual and physically intense 30 days of reflection, sharing,
giving, supplication and a self building.
So, join the movement and initiatives by many similar minds. Please be part of the voice in your community. So make your sacred spaces, as Masjids (Mosques), Churches, Synagogues, Guwara's, Temples, Community centers more green and share in a common ground that unites us!