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. 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. For more than 23 years, ING representatives have served various faith-based organizations as speakers on panels, presenters, and participants in interfaith programs. Read more. Interfaith Speakers Bureau ING’s Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) provides panels of two or more representatives from the five major world religions speaking on a variety of topics to schools, colleges, universities, and other organizations. The Interfaith Speakers Bureau currently includes representatives of the Islamic, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu religions. Read more. 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 Joining more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world AMERICAN MUSLIMS WILL OBSERVE THE MONTH-LONG FAST OF RAMADAN BEGINNING MAY 27TH, 2017 Introduction Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. This year, the month long fast of Ramadan is set to begin on Saturday, May 27th, 2017. The month traditionally begins and ends based on the sighting of the first crescent of the new moon. Muslims throughout the United States and the rest of the world will search the sky for the new crescent, while others will follow a determined date based on astronomical calculation. Read more. Hajj Information Sheet Joining more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world AMERICAN MUSLIMS WILL CELEBRATE EID AL-ADHA (FESTIVAL OF THE SACRIFICE) ON AUGUST 30, 2017 Introduction During the pilgrimage to Mecca known as the Hajj, American Muslims join millions of Muslims from around the world for a journey of a lifetime. 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.