2019 Santa Cruz Community Ramadan

Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year in Islamic culture. This year it will be celebrated from May 5th to June 4th. Millions of Muslims around the world will gather with family and friends to pray, fast from dawn to dusk, and break-the-fast with meals and feasts, called Iftars. Our community will join others across the United States to celebrate in solidarity with Muslim friends and neighbors and focus on peace, justice and healing in the Middle East and here, in our communities.

The Muslim Solidarity Group of Sanctuary Santa Cruz is presenting our 2nd Annual Santa Cruz Community Ramadan on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Pacific Cultural Center. The evening will include a program focused on Ramadan teachings, a traditional Iftar dinner, and dialogue from 6:45-9 PM. It is important to pre-register, so that we can plan the dinner accurately. There is no charge and we respectfully request donations to support our Community Ramadan evening as a gift to our Muslim community.

Register for the 2019 Santa Cruz Community Ramadan Iftar Dinner, May 14 6:45 -9pm

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The Muslim Solidarity Group (MSG), founded in 2016 as an affiliate of Sanctuary Santa Cruz, is a diverse group whose mission is to support Muslims and non-Muslim Arabs from around the world in the struggle to be understood and honored. It is our desire to plant and nourish seeds of peace, understanding, and reconciliation. In solidarity with local and Bay Area Muslim groups, MSG studies history and issues, hears and shares stories, and addresses misconceptions by providing information and resources. We create and facilitate cultural/educational events and activities that build bridges and inspire social action.

May 19 Community Fast in Solidarity with Ramadan

Our Community Fast in Solidarity with Ramadan is designed to enhance understanding of Muslims and Islamic practices and to symbolize our unity and support. Participation can take any or all of several forms:

  • Anyone anywhere can sign up to fast in any way they choose to indicate their solidarity with our Muslim community. Sign up below.
  • Attend Morning Study about Ramadan from 10-11 at Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St. to learn about the meaning and practice of Ramadan and fasting, setting an intention for your fast.  Space is limited – signup below. 
  • Attend the evening IFTAR—break the fast gathering at RCNV from 7:15-9:30 for ceremony, Middle Eastern Food, and dialogue. Please click here to pre-register – very important so we can plan the meal. Dinner will require a sliding scale donation with no-one turned away.

I plan to fast in Solidarity with Ramadan from sunup to sundown on May 19

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Ramadan (/ˌræməˈdɑːn/; Arabic: رمضان Ramaḍān, IPA: [ramaˈdˤaːn]; is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.  More info here:  https://ing.org/ramadan-information-sheet/ 



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The Bystander Training Event hosted last weekend by the Muslim Solidarity Group and CAIR attracted a packed house! According to the trainers from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, it was the largest group they’ve ever had.

Read more at SantaCruzSentinel.com

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At the “Voices of Muslim Identity” event last night at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, 180 people enjoyed wonderful music, panelists, food, learning about many different Muslim identities in our community and land. Organized by the Muslim Solidarity Group of Sanctuary Santa Cruz.

Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity Interview based theater production by Ping Chong and Company.