There's no such thing as a perfect Ramadan. Inevitably, you fail to tick every item on your pre-Ramadan to-do list. You didn't reach your reading targets, ring all the people that you intended to call, or you weren't generally as productive as you would have liked. Back in April, Ramadan seemed like such a mammoth period of time. But now you realize thirty days just isn't enough!
Despite all this, I'm so incredibly thankful for my 'imperfect' Ramadan. Thinking back, I can see that the down days often led to increased spiritual awareness and the most sincere prayers. Becoming more aware of my own faults allowed me to learn humility and be more open to the words of the Quran and inspiration from unexpected sources.
Writing everyday during Ramadan has been a challenge and a half but I've received so many blessings from it Alhamdulillah. I've made many new friends and I've received continued support and encouragement from so many people. I may not be able to mention you all by name but I'm incredibly grateful to you for taking the time to read, comment, and support this project in its first year. I hope that you've found inspiration from the series and perhaps even developed new friendships as a result.
Special thanks go to Julian Bond (from the Christian Muslim Forum), Peter Adams, Hind Makki, and Najeeba Syeed-Miller for all their encouragement, insights, and help during the last month.
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I'd like to thank all of the guest writers and contributers to the #InterfaithRamadan series.
A big thank you to John Ager, my father (and long suffering tech advisor), for kicking off the project with his article: Interfaith Dialogue and the Role of Social Media
Thank you to Saadia Faruqi who kindly volunteered to contribute a four-part series based on her experience of Interfaith iftars in Houston, Texas.
- Sharing the Blessings of Ramadan With Others
- When Will The Dates Be Served?
- Fasting Can Bring Us Closer Together
- Shared Traditions of Sacrifice and Worship
Many thanks to Hethr (aka Delusional Mom) who entertained us with her interview answering questions about Ramadan Chaos, Children and How Non-Muslims Respond to Fasting.
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You can still donate to their campaign until October. Do check out their two-part series of interviews here where Nye and Rebecca speak about Charity in Islam and their Ramadan Experiences.
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Thanks to Lee Weissman for his thought-provoking article Closeness and Cheerleading the Good focusing on Ramadan from a Jewish perspective.
I was challenged by Wes Magruder's provocative article: From Dialogue to Activism and I'm incredibly thankful for his own blog series this Ramadan which was so helpful to me personally.
Many people enjoyed Steve Rose's account of How Social Media Taught Him About Islam and I'm so happy that he shared his reflections as part of this series.
This week, I was delighted to feature both Lucy Johnson speaking about the exciting new #InterfaithFriday initiative In A Gentle Way We Can Shake The World and Raheema Caratella's ode to Leicester as a Beacon of Interfaith Harmony.
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If you're not ready to say goodbye to Ramadan yet, I'm pleased to say that
there will be several more Interfaith Ramadan posts in the next few days.
In the mean time, I'd love to hear which were your favourite Interfaith
Ramadan posts and if you have any suggestions for next year.