Sunday, June 28, 2015: “Ramadan: A Month of Spiritual Fasting”

Host: Don Morishita
Ramadan is one of the most holy months for the one billion plus Muslims of the world when adults must perform the very strict and obligatory fast from dawn to sunset for 30 days. This month in the Islamic religion is believed to be when the Angel Gabriel conveyed the Word of God (the Holy Quran) to Muhammad.

The fast involves abstaining from all foods and liquids (including water), smoking, and sex. Fasting helps one to experience how a hungry person feels and what it is like to have an empty stomach. It teaches one to share the sufferings of the less fortunate. Muslims believe that fasting leads one to appreciate the bounties of God, which are usually taken for granted. Good deeds, extra prayers, and charity are given more weight during this time period and therefore these are further encouraged during Ramadan.

Overall this month carries a heightened sense of spirituality for Muslims. Ramadan ends with a big celebration called Eid-al-Fitr where the entire Muslim community gather en masse to pray and give thanks to God for His blessings. They then traditionally exchange gifts, visit relatives and friends and eat delicious dishes prepared for this occasion.

Below are two short music videos I am sure you will enjoy:
Ramadan Moon – Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)

Ramadan Is Here! – A Child’s Poem – (And Other Videos)

As Unitarian Universalists, we have a proud tradition of responding to the imperatives of love and justice to work with those of us who are marginalized and oppressed in society and the world. Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equality and compassion in human relations; and acceptance of one another.

Child care is available. Please join us Sunday at our new location located in the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Avenue West, at 10:30 AM. Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. The Vendor Blender is located near the old hospital near the intersection of Martin St. and Addison Avenue West. Please park in the rear of the building and use the entrance on the west side of the building.