(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/22/16) – 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 and Muslim leaders on its annual 'Sharing Ramadan'Â 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, Islamic Society of Annapolis, Sr. Nasrin Rahman, Islamic Society of Baltimore, IMAAM Center, and the Muslim Community Center to assemble and distribute 1,000 â€œgoody bagsâ€ stuffed with granola bars, fruit snacks, and other treats.Â CommunityÂ volunteers will assemble the bagsÂ andÂ distribute them the following weeks to youth and senior citizens in Baltimore City.Â
“Sharing our blessings with others is an obligation for all Muslims, and itÂ is especiallyÂ important duringÂ the holy month of Ramadan,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr.Â Zainab Chaudry. “Our goal for this campaign is to bringÂ someÂ joy andÂ goodwill to communities in Baltimore that have had little to celebrate over the last year.”
RamadanÂ is 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 Godâ€™s commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the â€œfive pillarsâ€ of Islam.
The Muslim community in America and around the world began the month-long fast ofÂ RamadanÂ (rom-a-don)Â on June 18. The end ofÂ RamadanÂ will be marked by communal prayers called â€œEid ul-Fitr,â€ or Feast of the Fast-Breaking on or aboutÂ July 6.
To assist local Muslim community leaders, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has produced a â€œSharing Ramadan Resource Guide 2016â€ 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 â€œSharingÂ Ramadanâ€ committee, a sample media advisory for an iftar, advice on reaching out to local media, an advertisement for the event, text for a â€œWelcome to OurÂ RamadanÂ Fast-Breakingâ€ 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 coalitionsÂ