Sharing Ramadan is a nationwide effort where non-Muslims can experience a fast-breaking Iftar dinner at the local mosque, thus participating in the most festive and worshipful events of the year for Muslims. Trac5 believes that one of the best ways to build genuine and lasting friendships is around food. That is why sharing a meal together during one of the most meaningful times of the year is such an important point of focus for our work.
Coming in December 2011, Trac5 Ambassadors will be facilitating "Sharing Christmas" dinners as well.
Schedule for 2011 Sharing Ramadan Events
|Chicago, IL||Sunday, August 14|
|Austin, TX||Sunday, August 14|
|Atlanta, GA||Tuesday, August 16|
|San Ramon, CA||Friday, August 19|
|Houston, TX||Friday, August 19|
|Raleigh, NC||Saturday, August 20|
|Chattanooga, TN||Saturday, August 20|
|Austin, TX||Sunday, August 21|
|Clifton, NJ||Sunday, August 21|
|Dallas, TX||Wednesday, August 24|
|Nashville, TN||Thursday, August 25|
|Millstadt, IL||Friday, August 26|
|Columbia, SC||Saturday, August 27|
|Clifton, NJ||Sunday, August 28|
|Murfreesboro, TN||Monday, August 29|
|Denver, CO||Monday, August 29|
|Spokane, WA||Tuesday, August 30|
Ramadan is a season of fasting for Muslims worldwide where they abstain from food, drink, and other pleasures during the daylight hours. It is a time of extreme discipline for the individual where they spend much time in prayer and seek to learn patience, humility and surrender to God. It occurs during the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, and therefore "floats" each year moving backwards in the standard calendar approximately eleven days.
During this month of fasting, a Muslim typically will wake around 4:00am for prayers, food and water before the sun rises. Once there is light, no food or drink will touch the lips of the prayerful adherent until the setting sun. The evening fast-breaking meal, Iftar, takes place after Maghrib (sunset) prayers are complete. Not only is extra time spent in prayer during this month, but many Muslims have a more intentional focus on reading the Qur'an. Many will read through the entire Qur'an during this 30 day period.