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Friday, June 24, 2016

Ramadan: Up close and personal

Ramadan of the Poor  (by Azim Azimzade)
Tolerance for another person’s religion is a start.  Willingness to experience at least some aspects of it deepens understanding considerably.

When Rep. Dan Kildee noticed that his staffer was working “a grueling schedule” while fasting for Ramadan, he decided to give it a try.  He and several other non-Muslim personnel therefore chose to fast with her for one day. This was so rewarding that Kildee and staff continue a day of spiritual solidarity each year.

When that time arrives, staffers awake before dawn and e-mail breakfast photos to one another.  They exchange “words of encouragement” throughout the day, along with “videos about the meaning of Ramadan.”

The result?  Kildee explains:  You can’t hate up close…  When you get to know somebody, you realize how similar we are.


Copyright June 24, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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