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Sat Jul 2, 2016, 07:28 AM

 

How Christians are using their lawns to support their Muslim neighbors.

Ramadan is helping to shift how communities view Islam.

July 1, 2016
By Saadia Faruuqi

Ramadan is the month that Muslims believe God began the revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad. This year, Ramadan started on June 6 and will probably end on July 7.

During Ramadan, the world’s Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, pray more, give charity, and otherwise spend prayerful and peaceful lives. And while Ramadan is always interesting, it’s especially fascinating this year, as there’s also been a surge of bigotry toward Muslim Americans. The current negative political rhetoric about Islam has made this a difficult time for American Muslims across the nation to celebrate and focus.

But one Christian group in Minnesota is trying to change that tough dynamic by encouraging tolerance and understanding of their Muslim neighbors ... on their front lawns.

The Minnesota Council of Churches, a group of more than 25 churches from a variety of denominations, made news earlier this month for their Blessed Ramadan campaign, in which they asked community members to put signs like this one in their yards wishing Muslims a blessed holy month:



http://www.upworthy.com/how-christians-are-using-their-lawns-to-support-their-muslim-neighbors

http://www.mnchurches.org/respectfulcommunities/interfaithprogramming/BlessedRamadan.html

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