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from The Huffington Post
What is the history of Ramadan?
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Arabian calendar. The term Ramadan literally means scorching in Arabic. It was established as a Holy Month for Muslims after the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in 610 CE on the occasion known as Laylat al-Qadr, frequently translated as “the Night of Power.
What is the ‘goal’ of Ramadan?
In general, the practices of Ramadan are meant to purify oneself from thoughts and deeds which are counter to Islam. By removing material desires, one is able to focus fully on devotion and service to God. Many Muslims go beyond the physical ritual of fasting and attempt to purge themselves of impure thoughts and motivations such as anger, cursing, and greed.
Since the days when the Puritan “city on a hill” beckoned on the horizon of the New World, religious faith and belief have forged America’s ideals, molded its identity and shaped its sense of mission at home and abroad.
For the first time on television, PBS’s new documentary series God in America explores the tumultuous 400-year history of the intersection of religion and public life in America, from the first European settlements to the 2008 presidential election. The series details, with astonishing breadth, the role religion played and continues to play in shaping the United States culturally, politically and socially. Gathering together the foremost among historians, religious scholars and leaders, PBS examines how religion shaped the foundational documents and ideals of American government, how it informed passionate debates surrounding slavery and the Civil War, the ways religion was a driving force behind the Civil Rights Movement, the unique atmosphere of modern American religiosity, and everything in between.
As the Council begins its collaboration with Sacred Space International, we celebrate their contributions to this project, in which they provide resources for individuals and groups to engage the wonderfully diverse religious communities in several major U.S. cities through self-guided tours in conjunction with the God in America series.
You may have known that the Parliament of the World’s Religions originated at the Columbian Exposition of 1893, but did you know that the Council has launched six other major events in the last seventeen years? From Jane Goodall to Nelson Mandela, from Swami Vivekananda to Auntie Joy, the Parliament of the World’s Religions has a storied tradition of searching dialogue and an invested effort to change the world for the better. You can read about all of these events and more in the CPWR website’s history section.