We are gearing up for the holy month of Ramadan, in which Muslims all over the world refrain from food or drink between sunrise and sunset every day for a month. At SPC, some non-Muslims also fast for parts of Ramadan as an exercise of solidarity and learning. The CLT Muslim Cohort will lead a fast-break ritual with poetry most nights in Evergreen, which guests are welcome to join. Open Iftars will be held on some Fridays and Mondays.20160606 Ramadan SCP

We will also have the following special events:

May 4 — On the eve of Ramadan, May 4, CLT is co-sponsoring a panel in Kingston, NY, on "Hearing the Voices of Muslim Women" which will include CLT Muslim Cohort member Susan Smith as moderator and Summer Institute alumni Ahed Festuk as a speaker. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Date TBD — The Muslim Cohort will dedicate its Iftar meal as a fundraiser for Islamic Relief's work in Gaza.

Check this page for updates!

Background: In the Islamic calendar, the evening of May 5, 2019 marks the beginning of the month of Ramadan. The 9th lunar month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan, is ordained inthe Qur'an as a month of fasting from dawn to sunset. Fasting is done to encourage contemplation,repentance, compassion and generosity. Each day of the fast begins with a small pre-dawn meal and ends with dates and water when the sunset call to prayer is heard. After praying, food is shared in a meal called an “iftar.” After the night prayer, special prayers are held in mosques, during which the Qur'an is recited. Ramadan can last for 29 or 30 days, depending on the sighting of the next new moon.