A Return to Innocence | Ramadan Mubarak!
Welcoming Ramadan Returning to Innocence…
“And help one another in goodness and piety, and do not help one another in sin and aggression; and be careful of your duty to Allah; surely Allah is severe in requiting evil.” Al-Qur’an, 5:2
“Anyone who goes to make peace between two persons, the angels of Allah send blessings upon him until he returns and he will be given the reward of the Night of Destiny (Laylat al-Qadr).” —The Prophet Muhammed (S)
INTERNATIONAL — The Blessed Month of Ramadan has arrived and CWSC is providing one of its most treasured community services—the Daily Qur’anic Reading. First established by our founder Imam Thomas Abdul Salaam (R), Daily Qur’an Reading has become one of CWSC’s signature charitable services. In addition to daily reading, CWSC also offers other reading services throughout the year to assist those unable to read or sight-challenged persons.
Tune in daily at 7 a.m. EST on the American Muslim 360 Radio Network at AM360.org, the #1 Islamic radio station in the nation where your intellect is respected and your voice protected. Click on the listen button above to hear a special greeting from AM360’s CEO Latifah Hameen. In addition, Washington, D.C.’s Study Al-Islam conference line series can be heard on AM360 at 5 a.m. EST.
In honor of the Blessed Month, CWSC annually turns its attention to a national intrafaith focus encouraging a Month of intrafaith unity marked by an unconditional positive regard and reconciliation among all Muslims in America.
Beginning the first day of Ramadan and throughout the entire Month, CWSC is encouraging A Return to Innocence – Sharing the Spirit of Ramadan, a campaign now in its fourth annual appearance that asks American Muslim institutions and communities to include at least one intrafaith event with another Islamic organization in the same metropolitan area and preferably with an organization that represents a new or renewed relationship that may cross cultural, ethnic or language barriers.
With COVID-19’s spatial distancing policies in effect, Return to Innocence like other in-person events must be modified to comply with public health policy, but it doesn’t mean its purpose is lost at this time. We have been asked by elected and public health officials to do what is more accurately termed spatial distancing. We want to keep our social connections in spite of any methodology adopted to stay safe.
For example, although this year, spatial distancing limits events like congregational prayers, there are still opportunities to work together in community outreach events such as feeding the homeless or needy while donning protective gear; such community outreach activities can be done together in intrafaith and even interfaith environments. With some creativity and desire to help those most in need, the Return to Innocence can still be executed with forethought and be a rallying point during this special time of year.
The Return to Innocence Campaign as in prior years also asks for reconciliation of any poor relationships and that can be done via electronic means, followed up later with physical means.
Return to Innocence asks us to mark the Blessed Month with an unprecedented demonstrated intrafaith unity, unconditional positive regard, and reconciliation.
The second part of the Campaign is Reconciliation and it applies to any circumstance in which independent local institutions in the same city have suffered a breach between their organizations as a result of a past grievance or misunderstanding; we’re asking leaders of those institutions to meet first in private with a commitment to heal the division, followed by action to bring their entire communities together for just one event during the Blessed Month.
Finally, CWSC is asking you to share with us your events, success stories and photos so we can share them with the entire Community including how events were successfully initiated and executed and what was achieved including any plans for follow-on actions to develop sustainable relationships now and after COVID-19. Email email@example.com. We may also feature your community’s intrafaith unity success story in a national interview on the #1 Islamic radio station in the nation, American Muslim 360 AM360.org!
We believe the spirit of local communities and in turn the entire national community’s spirit can be raised and we respectfully invite and call on all Institutions in the United States to participate. Let the Angels take account and record our intentions and safe actions before our Lord that we may receive His Highest Favor.
Imam Abdul Azeez, leader of CWSC Ambassador Programs is point of contact for Return to Innocence and can be reached at (910) 317-0297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish you, your family, and community a Blessed Ramadan.