Civic, Community, and Faith-based Groups Overview Building Bridges with American Muslims In our increasingly multicultural and diverse society, ING recognizes the need for ongoing interfaith dialogue and cooperation to foster mutual understanding and respect among people of all faiths and backgrounds. For nearly 25 years, ING representatives have served various faith-based organizations as speakers on panels, presenters, and participants in interfaith programs. See a listing of Faith Based Organizations and Community Organizations that have hosted ING speakers. Below are a variety of resources available to provide a better understanding of Muslims and their faith in the context of America’s religious pluralism. Presentations about American Muslims and Their Faith To clarify common stereotypes and misconceptions, and increase understanding about Muslims and their faith ING offers a presentation titled Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith. The presentation provides an overview of basic beliefs and practices, while examining similarities between religions in such areas as the belief in God, prophets, revealed books and the afterlife. Presenters also give a glimpse into their personal live and practice that will hopefully provide insight into adherents of a much misunderstood faith. If time permits, presenters also address and answer questions about such current issues as women’s rights, Islam and democracy, extremism/terrorism, pluralism and Islam and the environment. ING also provides presentations on other topics or can tailor a presentation to suit your needs. To learn more about ING’s presentations or to schedule a presentation click here. Interfaith Panels ING provides interfaith panels with representatives from the five major world religions who first provide an introduction to each of their religions before addressing a topic of your choice; the Muslim and Jewish panel provides an overview of these two religions before discussing common practices and challenges as minorities in America. There is no charge for these panels. To learn more about ING’s interfaith panels or to request a panel, click here. Calendar of Important Islamic Dates 2017 CALENDAR OF IMPORTANT ISLAMIC DATES The following are important dates in the Islamic calendar which is based on a 12 month lunar year of approximately 354 days. Because the lunar year is 11 days shorter than the solar year, all observances and holidays therefore shift 11 days earlier every year. It takes 33 solar years for the lunar months to complete a full cycle and return to the same season. Read more. Ramadan Information Sheet AMERICAN MUSLIMS WILL OBSERVE THE MONTH-LONG FAST OF RAMADAN BEGINNING MAY 27th, 2017 Introduction Ramadan is considered the holiest month of the year for Muslims. In Ramadan, Muslims fast from food and drink during the sunlit hours as a means of learning self-control, gratitude, and compassion for those less fortunate. This year, the month long fast of Ramadan is set to begin on May 27th, 2017. Read more. Hajj Information Sheet AMERICAN MUSLIMS WILL CELEBRATE EID AL-ADHA (FESTIVAL OF THE SACRIFICE) ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 Introduction Once in a lifetime, every adult Muslim with the physical and financial ability should make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. During the pilgrimage to Mecca known as Hajj, American Muslims join over two millions Muslims from around the world. Hajj is a commemoration of the life and trials of the Prophet Abraham and his family. The basic acts of Hajj last for five days during the 12th month of the lunar Islamic calendar called Dhul-Hijjah. Read more. Islamic New Year Information Sheet September 21st, 2017 marks the New Year in the Islamic calendar, commencing the year 1439 A.H. The Islamic calendar dates from the migration of the Prophet Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in the year 622 C.E. (Common Era), which is known as the Hijra. The Hijra marks a turning point in the history of Islam which is why it marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar, rather than the birth of the Prophet Muhammad or the first Qur’anic revelation in 610 C.E. Read more.