Fast With DC Muslims: Allies Standing Together against Discrimination
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
The “Fast With DC Muslims” project is a one-day campaign on June 29 in the District of Columbia that empowers you to join DC Muslims by fasting in solidarity and against anti-Muslim discrimination. By registering for the project, you will be sent a personalized “Fast With DC Muslims” pin (at right) to wear on June 29, and to learn a few short talking points we provide about the diversity of Muslims, and ways to be a strong allies against discrimination. When people see your pin and ask why you are fasting, you can simply recite one of the talking points. It’s that easy, and together we can reach thousands of people!
Register (FREE!) to receive your participant package
Participants who register (free) before Tuesday June 21 will be sent a “Fast With DC Muslims” participant package which includes the “ ____ & Fasting” pin, talking points and additional information about the day. Although we encourage people to participate across the nation, participant packages can only be sent to addresses in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia.
A few things to know
What is Ramadan? Ramadan is an annual observance where Muslims spend a month observing a fast from sunrise to sunset. During this time, Muslims abstain from all food and drink during the daylight hours. However, Ramadan is about much more than not eating and drinking. Ramadan serves as a time to cleanse the soul, increase charitable giving, and practice self-discipline.
Why are we fasting in DC? Fasting is an experience that crosses religious, cultural and political traditions -- and is often used as a tool to express support or opposition for various issues. We are fasting in DC on June 29 because the Muslim community is frequently targeted for discrimination, and we want to show our Muslim neighbors that DC is united against such discrimination. Most importantly, this serves as an opportunity for us all to evaluate the ideas and biases that divide us, and refocus our attention on each other and our human commonalities.
How to personalize your pin
You may have noticed a little “blank space” on the pin (above). We are asking you to personalize your pin and fill in the blank with a trait or group with which you identify. The intent is to recocgnize intersectionality amongst many things in our culture from religion to race, sexual orientation to gender, political affiliation to athlete, and much more. Just as much of our identity transcends any one group or association , there are many more layers to Muslims than the faith alone. Here are a few examples:
Ex. “Yogi and Fasting”, “Black and Fasting”, Atheist and Fasting”, “Gay and Fasting”
TIP! We found that using a black sharpie to personalize your button will give you clearest “write-in”, though other types of markers may work too!
Share on social media
As a visual statement that you are standing against anti-Muslim discrimination, participants are encouraged to use their social media to promote the event and spread awareness about our fellow Muslim Americans on June 29 using the hashtag #FastWithDCMuslims.
Our DC effort is inspired by Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada's Fast With Muslims campaign which encouraged non-Muslim Canadians to join Muslims throughout the country to try fasting and sharing iftar for a day during Ramadan in 2015.
The “FastWithDCMuslims" project is a collaboration between the District of Columbia government, KARAMAH: Muslims Women Lawyers for Human Rights, mosques, Muslim advocacy organizations and allies with the desire to share information about DC Muslims to increase awareness and understanding.
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