TOPIC: Social Initiative
CAMPAIGN TYPE: Showing the beauty of Islam
WHAT DO YOU NEED: A good heart and good food!
WHERE CAN YOU DO THIS: In the comfort of your own home![/info]
INTRODUCTION TO CAMPAIGN
Ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Allah’s Messenger was the most generous of all the people, and he used to reach the peak in generosity in the month of Ramadan when Jibreel (Gabriel) met him.” (Bukhari)
Ramadan truly is a time to show generosity towards others and spread the love and warmth of a holy month that Allah has blessed us with. It is a time to draw closer to Allah, a time to rebuild our spiritual connection with our Creator; and it is also a time to become closer to each other and within our own communities. It is a month of sharing and a month of showing the beauty of Islam to others.
For these reasons, the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) is proud to be a part of a wonderful campaign entitled “Share Ramadan”, and we want you to also be a part of it!
1: CHALLENGE YOUR NON-MUSLIM FRIENDS/COLLEAGUES TO FAST FOR ONE DAY DURING RAMADAN
☑ Inform your non-Muslim friend/colleague that you are fasting during the month of Ramadan and challenge them to join you for just one day.
☑ You can even encourage them to do it for a good cause and raise money for a particular charity.
☑ Don’t forget to tell them that they are invited to your home as your guest and that you would be honoured to break the fast with them.
☑ Contact the iERA One Community Department and order your “Share Ramadan” Packs.
☑ Give the “Fasting Preparation Checklist” card to your non-Muslim.
2: INVITE THEM TO BREAK THEIR FAST WITH YOU
☑ Fill in the “Share Ramadan Invitation” card with the date, time and address for your non-Muslim friend/colleague.
☑ Make sure they’ve informed you of any allergies.
☑ Invite them approximately 30 minutes before the breaking of the fast, so that they can relax and you can engage in discussion.
☑ Get cooking!
☑ When they arrive, show the wonderful hospitality that has been explained to us in the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) – “whoever believes in Allah and the last day should honour his guests” (Bukhari).
☑ When iftaar time comes, break the fast accordingly and let your non-Muslim guest observe the Maghrib prayer – or if they wish, they can join you in the prayer actions.
3: SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE
☑ Once you have completed your meal, ask your non-Muslim guest if they could share their experience of the whole day.
Suggested questions: How they felt before they took the challenge? How they felt during the day? What was difficult about it? What was easy about it? Any benefits they think they can take from it,?Does it give them a better insight into Ramadan from a Muslim’s perspective?
☑ Ask them if they would be kind enough to share their thoughts on video and to take a picture with them and the Share Ramadan booklet.
☑ Upload videos and pictures onto social media using the hashtag #ShareRamadan
☑ Share Ramadan Booklet
☑ Fasting Preparation Checklist card & Share Ramadan Invitation card
☑ Share Ramadan business card
If you want to attain Allah’s ﷻ love, mercy and forgiveness then follow the Prophet ﷺ and help share his message!
SOCIAL FEEDS – #ShareRamadan
On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other platform, use hashtag #ShareRamadan!