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Ender Eker speaking about Ramadan
Anja Brina with Muslim women guests
Interreligious Prayer Circle on Ramadan group picture
Refreshments after the conference

On 15 April 2024, the Interreligious Prayer Circle Düsseldorf hosted a presentation about Ramadan, delivered by Peace Ambassador and UPF member Ender Eker from ZWWA (Zivilisation, Weisheit, Wohltätigkeit, Aufschwung -Civilisation, Wisdom, Charity and Upswing). Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, commemorates the revelation of the Koran by the Archangel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad in the year 610, the 27th day of Ramadan. This night of destiny is especially honoured during Ramadan, a period which is based on the lunar calendar and thus varies each year. During Ramadan the hours between sunrise and sunset are a time of fasting to encourage spirituality, prayer and self-reflexion.

The period of fasting is divided into three parts: the Mercy of Allah, the Forgiveness of Allah, and the Salvation of Allah. The last ten days, especially the nights of odd-numbered dates, are considered particularly significant and sacred, when believers feel closer to God and can ask for forgiveness. The daily fast-breaking after sunset is appreciated as a special time of fellowship with family and friends.

Ramadan ends with the three-day celebration of Eid al-Adfit. During this time, people visit each other, the children receive gifts and there is plenty to eat.

Following Mr. Eker’s presentation, opportunity was given for discussion.  Ms. Yilmaz shared her anticipation of Ramadan and stressed the significance of feeling closer to God and to help others, regardless of their background or faith. She prays daily, reads the Koran and feels a deep gratitude to God. Anja Brina reported about the experience of one person who keeps a diary during Ramadan to structure her day, to pray regularly, to do good, and to reflect on her thoughts and feelings.  

After the presentation and discussion, the participants prayed together for world peace and there was further exchange of thoughts and ideas over refreshments. It was a good opportunity to gain insight into Ramadan and to foster the common pursuit of peace.

Report: Anja Brina (English: Catriona Valenta)

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