Ramadan Countdown: 40 days!
Community. Friendship. Love. These are a few words used to describe what Ramadan meant to some of the hundreds of visitors of the Ramadan Tent in 2013. Each night during Ramadan, Muslims, non-Muslims, people from various countries, cultures, and religions came together for iftar – the evening meal after sunset. Once again in 2014, everyone is invited to contribute and benefit from being part of this great experience.
A humanitarian and philosopher wrote that, “One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength… we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing” (Jean Vanier, Community and Growth).
Last year at the Ramadan Tent, money was raised to help provide relief to people in Syria, Somalia, and in the local homeless community in London. There is a common saying in Islam that “whosoever fulfills the needs of his brother, God will fulfill his needs.” But It’s not about raising money.
It’s about making connections. Lifting the spirits of those whose hearts are heavy, lending a listening ear, reaching out to someone who might not have many friends, or just inspiring someone through sharing stories. These are the little things that can change lives and thread meaningful moments into something greater. As Muslim scholar Yasir Qadhi stated, “Those who strive to make others happy always find it in themselves.”
There is something special about the community spirit at the Ramadan Tent that is hard to describe. Perhaps it comes from the dedicated volunteers, the inspiring guest speakers, or the gratitude that is felt by the hundreds of people eating together and learning about each other’s cultures. So, if you’re looking for a little extra inspiration this Ramadan, come be part of the community at the Tent.
What are you most looking forward to during Ramadan 2014?