(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/23/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, announced today that it is partnering with several Maryland mosques for the “#SharingRamadan2015” campaign to share the blessings of the holy month of Ramadan.
CAIR's Maryland Outreach Department is partnering with the Islamic Society of the Washington Area, Islamic Center of Maryland, Dar at Taqwa, and the Muslim Community Center to assemble and distribute 1,000 “goody bags” filled with granola bars, dates, fruit snacks, and other treats.
Community volunteers will assemble the bags on Saturday, June 27 and will distribute them the following week to youth and senior citizens in Baltimore's Sandtown/Winchester neighborhood and to Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office's “Junior State's Attorney” program participants.
“Sharing our blessings with others is an obligation for all Muslims, and itis especiallyimportant duringthe holy month of Ramadan,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach ManagerZainab Chaudry. “This year, Maryland's Muslim community wants to help lift the spirits of those adversely affected by the unrest following Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore. As we work to address underlying systemic issues that led to his death, and as we continue to seek justice for him and his family, we hope that sharing a part of Ramadan will help bring joy to residents in the neighborhoods impacted by the recent unrest.”
Ramadanis the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset. The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God's commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the “five pillars” of Islam.
The Muslim community in America and around the world began the month-long fast ofRamadan(rom-a-don)on June 18. The end ofRamadanwill be marked by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking on or aboutJuly 17.
To assist local Muslim community leaders, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has produced a “SharingRamadan Resource Guide 2015” that offers step-by-step advice on hosting an interfaith iftar, or fast-breaking meal, with their fellow Americans of other faiths and backgrounds.
The resource guide includes instructions on forming a “SharingRamadan” committee, a sample media advisory for an iftar, advice on reaching out to local media, an advertisement for the event, text for a “Welcome to OurRamadanFast-Breaking” brochure, frequently-asked questions about Ramadan, and a sample event program and newspaper advertisement.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions
Contact: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Zainab Chaudry,410-971-6062