Ramadan Kareem to our Family and Friends Fasting During this Holy Month
(WASHINGTON, DC) May 15, 2018 – The month of Ramadan marks a time for reflection, cleansing, sacrifice, and charity for the Arab American and Muslim communities. As Muslims are called upon to refrain from food, water, negative thoughts, and harmful habits for 30 days, we offer our support to the community, as it endures what many people cannot.
This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths.
While not all Arab Americans are Muslim, many Arab American Christians partner with their Muslim friends and neighbors to engage in the charitable message of Ramadan. This year, many Arab Americans are hosting donation events, giving to the poor, and welcoming community members to Iftar dinners that will contribute to refugee relief and other honorable projects.
As most already know, Muslims fast during Ramadan in order to remind themselves of those who every day endure hunger, poverty, refugee status, and unsafe living conditions. Giving back is a way of feeling empathy for those who are facing struggles while reminding observers not to be wasteful and greedy.
“We wish our Arab America visitors ‘Ramadan Kareem’ as they fast during this spiritual month,” said Warren David, Arab America president. He went on to say, “It is our hope through tolerance and interfaith, the peoples of our nation will be reminded that Arab Americans of the Muslim faith are an integral part of our country’s diversity.”