Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Starting June 7 Muslims in Jamaica will be amongst the 1.6 billion followers worldwide in celebrating Ramadan – the ninth and holiest month of Islam based on the lunar calendar.

Adherents of the faith will embark on 29 or 30 days of fasting between sunrise and sunset depending on the visual sighting of the crescent moon to commemorate the revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad, explained Umair Khan, who is the spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Jamaica, headquartered here in Old Harbour.

“The month of Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims fasting and not eating foods and liquids from sunrise to sunset for one month. The fasting is a spiritual exercise in which Muslims strive harder in worship of God, seeking repentance, self-control, and giving charity,” said Khan.

“During the Iftar (breaking of the fast each evening at sunset), Muslims traditionally gather with family and friends and have a meal to break the fast together. Ramadan gives Muslims an opportunity to renew their resolutions to become better people morally, spiritually, and physically.”

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama‘at Jamaica will be celebrating the month of Ramadan at The Mahdi Mosque in Old Harbour with daily classes of recitation of the Quran, prayers throughout the day, and workshops and lectures in spiritual and moral reformation.

Members of the public interested are free to participate during the month-long festival slated to end July 6. Daily fasting begins approximately 4:30 am and ends at about 6:45 pm.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Ahmadiyya Muslim community spans over 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. The community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace.

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama‘at Jamaica categorically and unequivocally condemns the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium.

In a statement the Jamaican Muslim community said it is “appalled by the simultaneous terror attacks at Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek Metro Station in Brussels, Belgium” yesterday.

“Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama‘at spanning across Jamaica are devastated to learn about the loss of innocent lives and number of injured,” it said.

Head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmed said: “On behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community worldwide, I express my deepest sympathies and condolences to the Belgian people following the barbaric terrorist attacks that have taken place in Brussels. Such heinous and utterly inhumane attacks must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.”

President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Jamaica, Misnary Umair Khan, is encouraging Jamaicans to visit the Mahdi Mosque, 25 Sugar Way, Bushy Park in Old Harbour, St. Catherine for dialogue. Khan said the dialogue is an opportunity for Jamaicans to remove any misconceptions about the religion of Islam.

Free tours and discussions will be organized for Friday March 25th from 1pm-4pm which will also include a prayer session from 1:30pm – 2:00 pm for the loss of innocent lives.

The public is welcome to attend regardless of religious background.

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