Ramadan Mubarak | Interfaith Iftars (Join Us!) Ramadan begins Friday, April 24th for most Muslim Americans, or Saturday, April 25th for those who use the naked eye sighting of the new moon. As Muslims Americans begin this sacred month, we extend our warmest greetings to them and their families for a blessed and uplifting Ramadan! Muslims find themselves for the first time in recent history faced with a new reality this Ramadan – a month in which congregational activities will not be possible for the entire month. This is both a challenge and an opportunity for Muslims to rise to the occasion and make the most of the situation. We hope that it will be uniquely the most spiritual and meaningful of Ramadans for Muslims. Click here for news articles on Ramadan in which ING was interviewed: Religion News Service and SF Chronicle. Webinar on Ramadan, the Workplace, and COVID-19 From left to right, top to bottom, Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan, Raania Mohsen, Eahab Ibrahim, Maha Elgenaidi, Lyla Rayyan, and Shaarik Zafar ING convened a live Facebook webinar, which featured ING Bay Area board members who are employees of major corporations including Facebook, Salesforce and Google as well as the City of San Jose to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities this Ramadan during the coronavirus pandemic. To view the webinar, go here. Tips for Teachers and Parents for Muslim Students With Ramadan now in the school year for the entire month it is important for teachers to be aware that some of their students may be fasting. While some of the religious practices that impact Muslim students will not be an issue this year, it’s important to be aware of the impact of fasting on Muslim students’ daily life as well as on their families. For teachers and parents we are pleased to offer you the following resources for teaching about Ramadan to your students or for Muslim students to teach classmates about Ramadan. Overviews of Ramadan Ramadan is considered one of the holiest months of the year for Muslims during which Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Qur’an, and fast from food and drink during the sunlit hours as a means of learning self-control, gratitude, and compassion for those less fortunate. To learn more about Ramadan, go here. To view a PowerPoint presentation about Ramadan with detailed scripts for each slide that you can use for presenting, go here. For Muslim students who want to present to their classmates or friends about Ramadan, go here. Presentations about Ramadan for Your Classroom or Faith Group ING speakers have long delivered presentations about Ramadan to various venues. This Ramadan during the coronavirus pandemic we are available to present on the topic of Ramadan via Zoom to your classroom or faith group such as your Sunday study session. To request a presentation, go here. Join Us Online for Live Interfaith Iftars Join us for live virtual interfaith iftars this Ramadan For the first time in three decades, Passover, Easter and Ramadan all fall around the same time. Yet this year, Christians, Jews, and Muslims are having to adapt their holiday rituals because of the coronavirus pandemic. Join us online for a virtual fast-breaking (iftar) with representatives from the three Abrahamic faiths discussing their holiday observances and how they are being adjusted this year. Following the panel, participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own holiday practices and how they have been impacted by the pandemic. The virtual event will conclude with interfaith prayers and the breaking of the fast following the Muslim call to prayer. Participants can then finish the evening separately with their own formal prayers and family meals. Register for ONLY one of the interfaith iftars below: April 30th: Muslim-Jewish East Bay Virtual Iftar: Building Community in a Time of Holiness: How Muslims and Jews Adapt Their Rituals May 7th: Interfaith Virtual Iftar: Turning Houses into Sacred Spaces: Utilizing Rituals to Ground Us During COVID-19 May 14th: Interfaith Virtual Iftar: Turning Houses into Sacred Spaces: Utilizing Rituals to Ground Us During COVID-19 To continue bringing people together as needed now more than ever, while supporting the work of educators and community and civic groups, please consider supporting ING in any amount you’re comfortable giving annually, quarterly, or monthly. Thank you, and please don’t hesitate from giving us your feedback on how we’re doing. Write to Mai[email protected].