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May 8, 2018 > Purity, spirituality, and charity practiced during Ramadan

Purity, spirituality, and charity practiced during Ramadan

The holy month of fasting or Ramadan begins on Tuesday, May 15. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the revelation of the Quran to Muhammad around 610 A.D. According to Islamic belief, the Quran contains the exact words of God, and Muhammad is among the prophets chosen by God to act as messengers.

Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, a series of formal acts of worship fundamental to Muslim life. The five pillars include shahada (faith), salat (prayer), zakat (charity), sawm (fasting), and hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk each day, with the exclusion of those suffering from illness, travelling, elderly, pregnant, or breastfeeding. Two meals are served: Suhoor before dawn and Iftar at sunset, the main meal of the day. Dates, soups, kebabs, rice, samosas, sweet drinks, fruit, nuts and other prepared meat and vegetarian dishes are traditionally served at Iftar. Aside from fasting, Muslims also refrain from any vices, impure thoughts or immoral behavior. Ramadan ends Thursday, June 14.

Observances in the greater Tri-City area:

Ramadan is one of the most spiritual and holy months in the Islamic calendar. At the Khalil Center, we want our community to reach maximum benefits. We are hosting a Spirit of Ramadan workshop on Saturday, May 12; come by the Union City Headquarters for a workshop that highlights the importance of giving due attention to our mind, body, and soul during this blessed time taught by Jabir Tarin, MFT candidate. This event will be split into three parts ? presentation, discussion, and a Q&A period ? and will cover a variety of topics, including the effect dhikr has on quality of worship, the physical impacts of fasting, mindfulness, and the epiphanic realizations brought about by fasting.

The Spirit of Ramadan
Saturday, May 12
12 p.m. ? 2 p.m.
Khalil Center Bay Area Headquarters
30669 Union City Blvd, Union City
Cost: $15
Join the Averroes Family for an Iftar block party. Dress in layers as we will be eating under the beautiful Ramadan skies! There is a minimal cost to help cover expenses, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. RSVP by May 10.

Averroes Ramadan Community Iftar
Saturday, May 19
8:00 p.m. ? 10:00 p.m.
Averroes High School
43174 Osgood Rd, Fremont
Cost: $10 adult, $ 7 child/senior
The Silicon Valley Chapter of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community would like to cordially invite you to our annual Iftar Dinner. In the Holy month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset. This is done in an effort to strengthen their relationship with God by increasing focus on worship, charity and human welfare. This Iftar dinner is a wonderful occasion for all the communities to come together and reflect upon the essential message of Ramadan of humanity, compassion and empathy. To RSVP, call or send a message to (408) 490-0693.

Annual Iftar Dinner
Saturday, May 26
7:00 p.m. ? 9:00 p.m.
Bait Ul Baseer, Silicon Valley
926 Evans Rd, Milpitas
(408) 490-0693
The Muslim Community Association cordially invites you to join us at our Annual Ramadan Open House and Dinner. This is an opportunity to visit our mosque, meet our community and learn about our faith and practices. Please RSVP at no later than Wednesday, May 30. Feel free to email if you have any further questions or need further information.

Ramadan Open House and Dinner
Saturday, Jun 2
6:30 p.m.
MCA, Khadijah Hall
3003 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara

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