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8 tips on sharing Ramadan with your neighbors

Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As: Mujahid said that Abdullah ibn Amr slaughtered a sheep and said: Have you presented a gift from it to my neighbor, the Jew, for I heard the Apostle of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) say: Gabriel kept on commending the neighbor to me so that I thought he would make an heir? (Abu Dawud).

The Prophet Muhammad said: "He is not a believer who eats his fill while his neighbor remains hungry by his side" (Baihaqi).

"By Allah, he has no faith (the Prophet repeated it three times) whose neighbors are not safe from his wickedness" (Bukhari).

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Ramadan is a great opportunity to share Islam and more specifically, its values of spirituality, generosity and kindness with others, especially your neighbors. It's a great time to do Dawa. And Dawa is very much needed in the current atmosphere of anger, tension and sadness in the wake of September 11, 2001.

Here are some ideas on how you can share the joy with your neighbors this Ramadan.

1. Begin with Dua

Make Dua that Allah give you and your family the sincerity, strength, motivation and wisdom to do this. Dawa is hard work, and it needs preparation, commitment and organization.

2. Put up a Ramadan banner on your door

This can be something handmade or something more formal.

But don't stop there. Print out a factsheet on Ramadan and stick that on the door to educate readers passing by about the blessed month and what it means to Muslims.

3. Send neighbors Iftar snacks

Include a note with the food that the month of Ramadan is here and you are sharing your joy with them.

You can offer snacks that are not just "American" but also "ethnic" (i.e. African, Middle Eastern, Indo-Pakistani, etc.). You can include index cards with the snacks listing all of the ingredients. This will help neighbors avoid food that causes allergies.

4. Give kids Ramadan Mubarak balloons and candy

Let your neighbors' kids also feel the happiness of Ramadan by including chocolate and candy among your snacks. Balloons also add a nice touch, and if you can get some printed which have "Ramadan Mubarak" written on them, they may remember the blessed month even after it has passed.

5. Publish Ramadan information in your neighborhood newsletter

If you are part of a tenants' association, a group within your housing complex or your neighborhood block parents' association and they publish a newsletter, inform them about Ramadan and prepare a short write-up about the month. This is a great way of informing many more neighbors about Ramadan.

6. Have a neighborhood Iftar gathering

You don't have to invite everyone. Perhaps just the closest neighbors can attend this event. Send handmade invitations for an "Iftar gathering" at most a week in advance (avoid the word "party" as it may be misunderstood to mean a gathering including alcohol, loud music, etc.).

Ask about allergies or other food issues before establishing the menu. Include American and "ethnic" food.

Be sure to invite Muslim family and friends who are comfortable interacting with non-Muslims to this event, and brief them about how they should properly share Ramadan with the neighbors.

Also, have some written material on Ramadan available for your guests. You can print out this factsheet and put it on some fancy paper to add to the festive air of the evening.

At the gathering:

Be cordial, generous and friendly, but maintain Islamic rules of behavior and modesty. This should not be a "party" in the common understanding, but more of a religious celebration that is spiritual and respectful to all.

Don't impose information. Just let non-Muslim guests ask questions, if they want to. As well, be ready for questions about Islam and violence/terrorism, the oppression of women, etc. Give neighbors the benefit of the doubt and clarify their misunderstanding in a calm, gentle manner.

7. Get your kids on it

Tell your kids to inform other neighbors' kids what Ramadan is all about and have the children invite their classmates to your Iftar gatherings.

8. Talk about what Ramadan means to you

What’s it like to fast? How do you work/go to school and still fast? These are some questions you may be asked. Don’t just point your guests to the pamphlets. Tell them and use some personal examples they can relate to.

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zameena, sri lanka - wrote on 7/17/2011 11:30:20 PM
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Comment: A very good and interesting article. We never thought of inviting the non muslims, introducing artiles on Ramadan, the banners. Since there is a lot of misunderstandings about Islam this is a good way of showing what Islam is. Good work


zameena, sri lanka - wrote on 7/17/2011 11:29:53 PM
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Comment: A very good and interesting article. We never thought of inviting the non muslims, introducing artiles on Ramadan, the banners. Since there is a lot of misunderstandings about Islam this is a good way of showing what Islam is. Good work


wahib Doka, Kampala, Uganda - wrote on 8/6/2010 3:31:20 PM
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Comment: Wonderful piece, will certainly share it with friends, Ramadan Kareem


Abubakar Siddiq Muhammad, Nigeria - wrote on 10/5/2005 5:35:42 AM
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Comment: Jazakallahu khairan it is a very good article and beneficial this article encourages brotherhood which allways islam emphasizes on


sayira, india - wrote on 9/22/2005 10:20:03 AM
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Comment: The tips on sharing ramadan with non muslim neighbours was really good and helpful.I hope we will spread the spirit of islam in the whole wide world.


SOUD, LIBYA - wrote on 10/21/2004 6:33:13 AM
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Comment: Thankyou so much these information make me feel very happy because iam muslim and i wish everyone know how islam protect people from doing bad things please do more i hope to all muslims happy ramadan. may ALLAH help all people to get on well with islam


Yasmine, Ontario, Canada - wrote on 9/30/2004 2:20:16 PM
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Comment: The article was amazing!..Refreshingly new ideas! I particularly like the snacks for neighbors and balloons for the kids. Since Halloween will be during Ramadan, all my neighbors will be coming to ME anyways so instead of closing the lights and not participating, this would give us a chance to make dawa and inform them with flyers and Ramandan ethnic snacks! Insha'Allah this could be good...


Arshia, VA - wrote on 9/23/2004 12:26:32 PM
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Comment: Alhamdullilah. Dawah is so important. In a country where there is so much misunderstanding about Islam, sharing Ramadan/Eid gives us the perfect opportunity to show non-Muslims we are not terrorists or oppressors and it gives them the opportunity to ask questions that they may have but been afraid to ask. Dawah is a duty on us all. Jazak Allahu khair


tayyaba, knoxville - wrote on 10/7/2003 10:32:48 AM
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Comment: this is awesome. mashallah. i am looking forward to this...alhumdillah my MSA is doing dawah by getting nonmuslims to fast and raise money for a local food pantry... www.fastathon.org


hidayah hassan, lagos nigeria - wrote on 10/1/2003 11:03:12 AM
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Comment: salam,what a beautiful write-up.have decided to try it myself.


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