To stand against hateful rhetoric and demonstrate a caring spirit, the Minnesota Council of Churches (with the support of ECMN and Interfaith Action) is coordinating a campaign that supports our Muslim neighbors during Ramadan (June 5-July 5) this year. From neighborhood hate crimes to campaign rhetoric, we see negativity directed against Muslims. But that is not who we are in Minnesota. We are a welcoming, caring, respectful community. You are invited to extend a sign of good will by placing a sign in your lawn reading: “To Our Muslim Neighbors: Blessed Ramadan.” Pick up your sign in the narthex after church on Sunday, June 5.
Ramadan is the month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. It is is observed by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. The annual observance is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is performed to learn compassion, self-restraint, and generosity.
We are looking for a place to make a difference. This lawn sign is a public gesture, a sign of goodwill. We are standing in opposition to bigotry and hatefulness.