About the Campaign
“Fast with a Muslim Friend” is a nationwide campaign launched by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at to give Canadians an opportunity to experience what it’s like to start, keep and break a fast. More than a billion Muslims across the world partake in a spiritual journey to fast for 30 days during the special month of Ramadan. The month consists of waking up at sunrise everyday to pray and start the fast. Muslims then refrain from eating and drinking anything until sunset – not even water! Moreover, during Ramadan, Muslims place a special emphasis to avoid doing anything that would hinder their spiritual well-being, such as quarreling, swearing, lying, backbiting, etc.
Through its dozens of chapters across the country, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada has set up “Iftaar Dinners" for Canadians to attend and experience. The nationwide campaign, titled "Fast with a Muslim Friend," consists of two options – stepping up to the “Ramadan Challenge” and actually fasting with Muslims, or simply joining us for a delicious dinner as we break our fast at sunset!
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What is Ramadan?
Simply, Ramadan is refraining from food, water and focusing on the development of self-control, spirituality, and thankfulness to God for everything He has given us. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim year, during which Muslims observe fasting from sunrise to sunset. Muslims take the month of Ramadan as a time for great spiritual progress and reflection. Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, making it one of the most important Islamic practices for Muslims to engage in.
What Else Happens in Ramadan?
Contrary to popular belief, Ramadan is not only about refraining from eating and drinking. Among other things, we learn through personal experience about what hunger, poverty, loneliness and discomfort means to the less fortunate parts of society. Through these experiences, we become better people with more discipline, which helps us throughout the entire year.
What is Islam?
There is no denying how large a role and influence the religion of Islam has in the world today. But what exactly is Islam? According to Islam, after thousands of years of religions gradually evolving to more complete and refined stages, Islam is the apex of those thousands of years of spiritual evolution. Islam is now the fastest growing religion in the world. The five basic pillars of Islam are prayer, charity, fasting, belief in one God, and pilgrimage. The word Islam literally means peace!
Who is Muhammad (pbuh)?
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was born in 570 A.D amongst the most barbaric people on earth at that time. He was born an orphan, who could not read or write. The life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a life of grand success. In his high moral qualities, spiritual power, acceptance of prayers, firm resolve, excellence and perfection of his teaching, he exhibited such bright signs that anyone who studies his life will find it very clear that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a perfect example of the manifestation of Divine qualities and was a perfect man.
Why do you fast?
Fasting is another form of worship found universally in major world religions. Although there are vast differences regarding the mode of fasting and the conditions applied to it, the central idea of fasting is present everywhere. The institution of fasting is extremely important in Islam because it cultivates our moral development in almost every area of life, from self-control, to being thankful for everything we have.
What is Ahmadiyyat?
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at is a dynamic, fast growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, it spans over 206 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited Messiah has come in the person of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be upon him) of Qadian, India. He claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus of Nazareth (peace be upon him) and the divine guide, whose advent was foretold by the Founder of Islam, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at believes that God sent Ahmad (peace be upon him), like Jesus (peace be upon him), to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace.
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