Greetings of Ramadan to all of my brothers and sisters around the world who embrace the muslim tradition! Regardless of when, where, how, why or even if we observe the fast ~ we remain one ummah, one “nation”, one humanity seeking whatever means we can to better understand ourselves, our individual purposes and each other. Let us take this time to joyfully keep doing that, with support and respect of each other’s unique journeys.
Ramadan is a very special time of worship, self-reflection and charity, but it is not unique to the muslim path. Almost all spiritual traditions have some form of “fasting” as a part of their prescription for attaining a deeper sense of spiritual awareness through self-restraint, gratitude, empathy and charity.
The Qur’an says, “Oh you who believe! Fasting has been prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so you may learn higher consciousness.”
This year, Ramadan arrives just as we wave farewell to Lent/Easter and Passover. . .The wheels of spiritual tradition and growth spinning ever onward for as all!
In many parts of the world, lanterns, the crescent moon and stars have become symbols of Ramadan, each bringing a light of hope and guidance to a world which often seems dim or dark. Above are some pictures of a few Ramadan decorations made by my daughters.