Author: Kat Brealey
Date: 04 July 2016
As Ramadan draws to a close, we’ve pulled together some of the best blogs and articles from a range of perspectives addressing different aspects of Islam’s holiest month.
Sarah Ager, a British Muslim living in Italy, has been hosting a thirty day series of blogs, now in its fourth year. Find the 2016 posts as well as browsing past entries at http://www.interfaithramadan.com/
New Horizons have been sharing a series of daily video reflections on social media called ‘Ramadan Bites’. Check out Anthony Lees-Smith, vicar of St Deny’s Evington in Leicester, offering his thoughts on fasting in the Christian tradition, doughnuts and being diabetic - https://www.facebook.com/nHorizons.org/videos/610755275744184/
The American podcast 'On Being' ran a special recently episode in which Muslims from all walks of life shared their memories and stories of Ramadan – hear it at: https://www.onbeing.org/program/revealing-ramadan/165
One from the archives – in 2009, Christian author Brian Mclaren fasted for Ramadan and blogged about it here - http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/ramadan-2009-part-1-whats-going.html
If you think the days are long here in the UK, how about spending Ramadan in the Canadian Artic and breaking the fast with reindeer biryani? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/03/ramadan-canada-arctic-fasting-hours-sunlight
Some of you may have noticed that there’s been a football tournament taking place during Ramadan this year – Muslim Vibe offered this article on Muslim players in Euro 2016 -https://themuslimvibe.com/western-muslim-culture/muslim-football-players-at-euro-2016
As well as all this written food for thought, there have also been iftars taking place up and down the country - many of them community events welcoming non-Muslims to join in. Here are just a few examples of events which have brought people together across faiths and cultures:
The Archbishop of Canterbury hosted Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan as well as a hundred young people at an iftar at Lambeth Palace. You can read more about the evening here - http://www.nazlegacy.org/index.php/lambeth-palace-interfaith-iftar/ and watch the speeches on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/archbishopofcanterbury/videos/1034370996617046/
As in previous years, Finchley Reform Synagogue welcomed the local Somali Bravanese community to break their fast - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/17/the-somalis-who-mark-ramadan-in-a-synagogue
The Armed Forces held an iftar on the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, marking Muslim participation in the Armed Forces through history - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/commemorating-a-century-of-muslim-military-service
And finally, The Big Iftar’s Twitter feed is a great place to go to get a flavour (no pun intended) of the range of other iftars which have taken place this Ramadan - https://twitter.com/TheBigIftar. Perhaps you could host or attend one next year?