Revealing Ramadan

Last week, Muslims entered the sacred month of Ramadan.  It is a time of intense fasting, but it is also a time of prayer, community and alms-giving.  In many ways, Ramadan is similar to Lent in the Catholic tradition, but it is also quite different.

In a rather remarkable series of interviews, Krista Tippett of Speaking of Faith put together a episode entitled, Revealing Ramadan. It is revealed by 14 Muslims who speak of their experience of Ramadan.  These stories come from every walk of life, but I must admit that I was surprised at the number of them who are young – in their 20’s or college age.

Together, they paint a beautiful picture of this holy time – a reminder of our own need for meaningful and purposeful sacrifice.  I have no doubt that you will find Tippett’s program insightful, but I also hope it is challenging and educational – I know it is for me.


Credits: Tippett, Krista. “Revealing Ramadan.” Speaking of Faith. American Public Media, August 12, 2010.


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