Ramadan Mubarek! Ramadan Kareem! Ramadan began this night and continues for the next 30 days. “Muslims fast during this month from the moment when it first starts to get light until sunset. They fast as an act of faith and worship towards God, seeking to suppress their desires and increase their spiritual piety.” —30daysofprayer.com Each day includes five prayers and one of those is a Dua (prayer of supplication). A nightly gathering called Iftar parties to break the fast is a time many in the Muslim community look forward to all year long. Of course this year with COVID-19, many will not be able to gather. I offer a video with voices who can speak better about the meaning of Ramadan in 2020
In my work and service, I have had the privileged of traveling and living in community with Muslims in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Canada and the US. I hold many warm memories of hospitality and welcome. My heart is with those I’ve met and with all the Muslim community as they press on with this holy tradition in their faith, despite the virus. May this year bring a renewed sense of faith and spirituality and service, and many blessings. Prayer of Supplication — Dua of The 1st Day of Ramadan
O Allah on this day make my fast the fast of those who fast sincerely, and my standing up in prayers of who stand up in prayer obediently, awaken me in it from the sleep of the heedless, and forgive me my sins, O God of the worlds and forgive me, O one who forgives the sinners.
May it be so…
Originally Published to Facebook on April 24th, 2020 at https://www.facebook.com/creativecarolcelebrant/posts/156502509173282