Fasting is a time to clean the body and mind.  

Why do we do it?  
What benefits do we receive?  

Let’s explore fasting in our religious traditions such as Ramadan and Lent.  Let’s celebrate the many features we have in common.  

We held a virtual meeting series and talked about the season of fasting on Sunday, April 16 at 3 pm PT. 

Ramadan Fasting 

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, reading, charity, prayer, and reflection.  Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and involves abstaining from food, and drink,  from dawn until sunset.  It is a time for Muslims to focus on their spiritual growth, increase their acts of worship, and deepen their connection with Allah.  Ramadan fasting is not only about abstaining from food and drink but also about abstaining from negative thoughts, actions, and speech.  

Lent and Easter

Easter is a significant Christian holiday that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Many Christians around the world observe the season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday.  Lent is a time of reflection and penance and is often marked by fasting, prayer, and acts of charity.  The purpose of Easter fasting is to purify the body and soul, renew one’s faith, and prepare for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.  Christians may choose to abstain from certain foods or behaviors during this time to help focus on their spiritual growth and relationship with God.  

Both Ramadan and Easter fasting have significant religious and cultural importance and provide an opportunity for individuals to reflect on their faith and personal growth.