The Sacred Month of Ramadan

Ramadan, the most sacred of months for Muslims, begins this year on May 27th (ending June 25th). Most people think of fasting when they think about Ramadan; however, it is so much more than that for those who practice the Islam faith.  Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking; it is a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on Allah (God), and practice self-discipline and sacrifice.

The annual act of fasting (sawm) during the month of Ramadan is considered one of the 5 Pillars of Islam.  The other pillars, which shape a Muslim’s life, include daily prayer (salat), charity (zakat), professing one’s faith (shahaadh), and pilgrimage (hajj) completed at least once in a lifetime.  Every year, Muslims take an entire month to observe this strict fast and rededicate themselves to worship and faith.

Each night of Ramadan, Muslims end their daily fast at sunset with a celebratory meal called iftar, literally translated as “break fast.” 

In partnership with the Pacifica Institute and University of Puget Sound, Associated Ministries would like to invite you again this year for an interfaith iftar dinner on June 14th at UPS, from 8:00-10:00 p.m.  This event and dinner is free; however, registration is required.  Register at

We hope to see you there.  Until then, salaam alaikum (peace be upon you)!

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