Posts Tagged ‘Ramadan’

Vatican message for Ramadan urges universal fraternity Comments 0

Monday, May 13th, 2019

In a message for Islam’s holy month of Ramadan and Id al-Fitr, the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has released a message, urging Christians and Muslims worldwide to build bridges of brotherhood and promote the culture of dialogue. The Vatican is calling on Christians and Muslims worldwide to promote human fraternity and harmonious existence Read more

Sonny Bill Williams says fasting helps mind and body Comments 1

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Sonny Bill Williams had only a small meal of grilled fish and steamed vegetables, and drank a glass or two of water, before he took to the field for the first test match between the British and Irish Lions and the All Blacks. The had the meal just after the sunset at 5.10pm. As a Read more

Long nights in NZ make Ramadan less of a challenge Comments 0

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Shorter fasting days during the Islamic holy month could be the attraction to draw wealthy Muslim tourists to New Zealand, a University of Auckland academic says. In New Zealand Ramadan runs for a month over the shortest winter days. This means MuslimsIn New Zealand fast for just about 11 hours each day — one of Read more

Eid al-Fitr – Vatican asks Catholics and Muslims to join hands to help the needy Comments 0

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

To mark the festival of Eid al-Fitr New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Relations has passed on a message from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) to Muslim communities in New Zealand, along with their own greetings. Eid al-Fitr celebrates the end of of Ramadan. Literally the word means the “Festival of Breaking the Read more

Former Catholic looking forward to Ramadan Comments 0

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Lee Eastham, a former Catholic, converted to Islam in January and said he was looking forward to his first religious fast that would bring him closer to God. Ramadan has begun for Muslims and adherents, like Eastham, will fast from dawn until dusk each day over a 30-day period. Because Ramadan runs over the  shortest Read more

Christians expelled from scout camp because of Ramadan Comments 0

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

A group of Indonesian Islamic extremists have attacked and disrupted a scout camp organised by a Protestant group in Yogyakarta, central Java. According to the extremists, the Protestant group was not authorised to organise any public activity, especially, they claimed, since Ramadan had begun on 18 June, and public activities that violate the sacred nature Read more

Catholics offer Muslims a blessed & holy Ramadan Comments 6

Friday, June 19th, 2015

More than 40,000 New Zealand Muslims began the month of Ramadan with the new moon that occurred on Wednesday night. The New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Relations, have written a letter of support addressed “our Muslim brothers and sisters” offering them “best wishes for a blessed and holy Ramadan.” “Catholics share with you a Read more

NZ bishops’ committee sends message to Muslims Comments 0

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations has sent a message to Muslim communities in New Zealand. Sent to mark the Muslim feast of Eid-al-fitr, which ends the Ramadan period, the message encourages prayers and work for peace. The text of the message reads: “Dear friends, “Eid al-fitr draws near. On behalf of the Read more

Sight of moon means start of Ramadan Comments 0

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (Fianz) estimates more than two-thirds will be taking part in the fast, which is expected to start on Sunday or Monday. Muslims in New Zealand will this year be fasting just 11 hours during Ramadan while their counterparts in the Northern Hemisphere will be going without food Read more

Muslim nations mark end of Ramadan, celebrate Eid al-Fitr Comments 0

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Muslims around the world marked the end of Ramadan, ending the holy month of fasting with the Eid al-Fitr festival over the weekend. In Palestine, President Mahmoud Abbas placed a wreath on the grave of his predecessor Yasser Arafat. In France, which has some five million Muslims, the Great Mosque of Paris intervened to settle Read more