To Our Muslim Neighbors: Blessed Ramadan
Ramadan is a holy month, a holy season, for Muslims. Commemorating the beginning of the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Mohammed, Ramadan is a month of religious fasting from sunrise to sundown. Observance of this fast is one of the Five Pillars of the Islamic faith. As a religious practice, fasting is a way of focusing less upon our desires and more upon the One who gives us life and calls us to love and serve others. Therefore, Ramadan is also a time to practice generosity and charity, to fulfill not just the usual tithing obligations, but to go above and beyond.
After a day of fasting, evening meals may be particularly festive. But these are not private parties. Rather like food baskets at Thanksgiving or Christmas, the sharing of feasts with those in need is a particularly honored practice in Ramadan.
We at Pilgrim Church honor our Muslim neighbors as they embark on this high holy season. We pray blessings upon them as they strive to be faithful in their practices of self-discipline, compassion, generosity, and joy. And we pray that we might emulate these same values as we follow the Way of Jesus.