Ramadan is also a time for Intrafaith Appreciation
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)
The Blessed Month of Ramadan is expected on or about May 6th this year and CWSC is gearing up to provide one of its most treasured community services, Daily Qur’anic Reading followed by Group Intellect Discussion. First established by our founder Imam Thomas Abdul Salaam (R), the 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.
In honor of the Blessed Month, CWSC also 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 asking all 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.
In other words, all of us are being asked to share time with one another in a way we may never have done before. We’re asking all to mark the Blessed Month with an unprecedented demonstrated intrafaith unity, unconditional positive regard, and reconciliation. Download and Print Press Release.
Examples of joint events might be:
– Praying together on the occasion of Jumah or another congregational prayer.
– One Joint Iftar.
– A Masjid Movie Day.
– A Youth Appreciation Day.
– Joint Press Conference.
– Joint Resolution for your City Welcoming & Explaining Ramadan and Issuing an Invite to a Joint Open House.
– A Joint Day of Community Service or Outreach such as a neighborhood clean-up or food drive.
– And of course, the ultimate, a Joint Eid celebration!
The second part of the Return to Innocence 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 American Muslim Community including how events were successfully initiated and executed and what was achieved including any plans for follow-on actions to develop sustainable relationships. 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!
Just imagine the power of all of us coming together as brothers and sisters solely for the sake of Allah (SWT) during Ramadan. Imagine what the Angels will say to our Lord and what Our Lord will say to us.
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 actions before our Lord that we may receive His Highest Favor.
The CWSC Public Affairs, Human Relations, and Ambassador Programs Departments will coordinate A Return to Innocence… Sharing the Spirit of Ramadan Campaign and can be reached at (910) 317-0297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ramadan is expected to arrive the eve of May 5 with the first day of the Fast perhaps being May 6. By tradition, Muslims around the world will be searching for the hilal starting on or about May 5, so stay tuned to local and national sources.
We wish you, your family, and community a Blessed Ramadan 2019.