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Ramadan & the Spirit of Prayer and Kindness

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 in Community Events, General, Photo Gallery

Ramadan & the Spirit of Prayer and Kindness

Another year successfully done with our partners at the Turkish Cultural Center. Food, friendship, and acts of charity were shared as we ate together, shared together, and learned together about the spirit of the Holy Month of Ramadan. With today’s Eid al-Fitr , the festival of breaking of the fast, we reflect upon the last 30 days. Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). The religious Eid is a single day during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. We were so fortunate to have shared an iftar dinner last month, learning about the spiritual importance of kindness, community service, and prayer. These simple things become so much more when we mindfully put ourselves into the work of our own personal spirituality. With all of the horrific happenings that have happened over the last month, we remember even more the need for these sacraments of grace. Blessed Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim friends, brothers, and sisters! Yes, it has been a hard Ramadan this year filled with much sadness. Orlando, Ataturk, and now the holy city of Medina have all been attacked by violence. However, peace remains in our hearts for one another, love remains in our hearts for one another, friendship remains in our hearts for one another. Moving us all closer than ever: the true meaning of Islam. Salaam alaikum dear ones....

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Refugee Visibility Day: MONDAY, Feb. 29th 930a-5p

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 in Community Events

In partnership with UAlbany Peace Action, the UAlbany Interfaith Coalition will be tabling with other student organizations all day in the LC Concourse on Monday, February 29, 2016 for Refugee Visibility Day: an advocacy event as part of our ongoing “#RiseWithRefugees” campaign! RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/957197037704480/ We aim to steer the focus on the current refugee “crisis” in Europe away from statistics and political debates, and instead toward refugees as individuals. Joined by numerous other organizations, our goal is to collectively celebrate the humanity of refugees, as well as spread awareness about the challenges they face. There will be a gallery of photos that capture the struggles of refugees, but also capture their human spirit. Our tables will have plenty of activities and resources, including background information, displays of different perspectives on the issue, a “Truth or Myth” game, petition signing, donation boxes, videos, and a place to write messages of hope for refugees. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join us in advocating for refugees across the world! Stand with UAlbany Peace Action and our collaborating orgs as we #RiseWithRefugees...

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