Ramadan is a time when Muslim communities traditionally come together – to fast, to pray, to reflect, and to encourage one another. In that spirit, the Interfaith Ramadan blog series aims to extend that sense of community to people of all faiths and none. The series provides an inclusive platform where people from around the world share their experiences and offer their perspectives on interfaith issues. While recognizing the deep connections among the Abrahamic traditions, this series seeks to include a range of religious and non-religious traditions, including groups often marginalised, overlooked, or ignored by society, the Media, and perhaps even the interfaith community itself.
Started in 2013, Interfaith Ramadan is now in its fourth year. Originally, I wrote nearly all of the posts myself. Since then, however, new voices have been added each year, and 2016 will hopefully mark our most diverse year yet. Alongside this diversity of faiths and beliefs comes a broader range of topics, including LGBT advocacy in faith communities, efforts to empower minorities and women, reflections on conversion, leaving faith, and multiple faith identities, as well as critiques of interfaith activism itself. Contributors will offer a mix of challenging opinion pieces, heart-warming anecdotes, and thoughtful reflections while sharing their own unique styles of writing.
Such an inclusive platform is bound to result in areas on which writer and readers will disagree. It is my hope that this diversity of opinions will serve as a springboard for honest and open discussion. Given the global nature of Interfaith Ramadan, many of those conversations will happen online and through social media. While challenging at times, there is no doubt that social media can be an incredible tool for cooperative, constructive and positive interactions between people from various faith/non-faith traditions and between those who hold widely divergent beliefs. This blog series reflects my hope-filled vision of inclusion and co-existence, rooted in the belief that when we come together with open heart and minds we can make life better for all. Thank you for sharing in that vision with me.
You can follow Interfaith Ramadan on Twitter, Facebook, and by using the hashtags #IFR2016 and #InterfaithRamadan, for general interfaith news stories in Ramadan.