Posts Tagged ‘Ramadan’

Catholic Church opens doors to Muslim diners during Ramadan

Thursday, May 6th, 2021
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A Catholic church in Barcelona has offered up its open-air cloisters for Muslims to eat and pray together during Ramadan. With COVID-19 restrictions preventing Barcelona’s Islamic population from celebrating Ramadan at the usual indoor venues, Santa Anna church came to the rescue. Every evening between 50 and 60 Muslims, many of them homeless, stream into Read more

Ramadan celebration under lockdown

Thursday, May 14th, 2020
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Salman lives in the West Bank with her husband, Steve Sosebee—founder of a medical relief NGO called the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund—and two children, aged two and 13. Salman spoke to TIME about what the holy month of Ramadan has been like under lockdown in the Palestinian territories. We live in the Holy Land, in Read more

Ramadan under lockdown will pose new challenges for Muslim community

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Ramadan is a month filled with communal prayer, eating and charity work for Muslims across the world, normally, mosques are brimming with people and large groups of family and friends gather for iftar, the meal that breaks the Ramadan fast at sunset. In 2020 however, these traditions will not be able to happen. Read more Read more

Vatican message for Ramadan urges universal fraternity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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