Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

Be part of the first Living Room Dialogue

Wednesday July 8
7:00-9:00 pm

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The Center for Interfaith Cooperation is launching a series of Living Room Dialogues, unique opportunities for people of differing faiths to meet together in someone’s home in order to talk about what matters most to us. They are open to college students and young adults as well as more mature adults. The first Dialogue takes place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting from sun-up to sun-down.

Please join us for the inaugural gathering of the CIC Education Committee-sponsored Living Room Dialogues on July 8. We will gather between 7-9 pm in Fishers, IN, at the home of CIC Board member Muzaffar Ahmad, with the focus of the evening being simply conversation – and learning in a more intimate gathering about each other’s faith traditions. Muslims, hosting us during Ramadan, the Ahmad family will share with us how they observe this holy month.

Space is limited, so please respond to Muzaffar Ahmad at either: muzaffara@gmail or 317 855-8139. Specifics on the location and program details will be provided upon your reply.

what does Ramadan mean? Last year the host of this first Living Room Dialogue, Muzaffar Ahmad, wrote this for the Indianapolis Star:

Muzaffar Ahmad explains why Ramadan matters

Ramadan promotes empathy, charity

If you are a Muslim, it is time to recharge your spiritual batteries.

The Islamic month of Ramadan started June 28. For those who are not Muslim, here is what Ramadan is all about.

During this month, adult healthy Muslims are commanded to fast from sunrise to sunset, abstaining from food, drink and sexual relations. A major idea behind fasting is to promote empathy and charity for those who struggle to put food on the table. The Prophet Muhammad stated, “He is not a believer, who eats his fill while his neighbor goes hungry.”

Ramadan specifically stresses that those who fast abstain from using harsh language, argumentation, and all other sins and focus instead on spiritual development. My personal experience is that in the afternoon of a fast, when energy is low, I get a clearer picture of what is really important in our lives. At that time, I feel a stronger emotion of love and compassion towards those around me, especially my family.

I hope and pray that Muslims around the world will grow spiritually in the month of Ramadan and will strive to make this world a better place for everyone.

Muzaffar Ahmad

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