Dear Fellow Residents,

Muslims around the world recognize Ramadan during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which this year began on March 10 and runs through April 9. Ramadan is the commemoration of the Prophet Muhammad’s first revelation, which occurred in the year 610 AD in a cave near the city of Mecca. This is a foundational event for the religion, with the angel Jibril (Gabriel in English) revealing the beginnings of what would become the Quran, the central religious text of Islam.

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims choose not to eat or drink between dawn and sunset. Fasting is important during Ramadan; it allows observers to devote themselves to their faith and become closer to Allah (God). Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, which form the basis of how Muslims live their lives. Ramadan teaches the practice of self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy for those who are less fortunate. These lessons encourage actions of generosity and charity.

On behalf of Deputy Mayor Lawrence Moore, Committeewoman Michelle Powell, and Committeemen Jeff Jacques and Kevin French, please join us in wishing our Muslim neighbors: Ramadan Mubarak (which translates to Blessed Ramadan)!

Together for Harrison Township,
Lou Manzo
Your Mayor

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