"Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God."
MESSAGE FOR THE MONTH OF RAMADAN 2018 OFM
May 13, 2018 - OFM - A message of hope and solidarity.
To our Muslim brothers and sisters throughout the World:
As-salaamu ‘alaykum! Peace be upon you!
On behalf of the Special Commission for Dialogue with Islam of the Order of Friars Minor, it gives me great pleasure once again to extend our greetings to you as you begin the observance of Ramadan. In this holy month you truly hunger and thirst for God (swt)as reflected by your rigorous daily fasting. As it is written in the Holy Qur’an, first revealed to you in this month: “Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you might be conscious of God (tattaqūna)…” (al-Baqara 2.183).
By becoming more conscious of God’s eternal presence and becoming more grateful to God the Most Generous (al-Karīm), we may all become more sensitive to the needs of others, particularly those who lack who lack adequate food and access to clean water – and there are many. According to the World Health Organization, more than 800 million people, or 11 per cent of the global population, do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. Nearly half of all deaths in children under the age of five are due to inadequate nutrition. The WHO also reports that some 844 million people lack a basic supply of drinking water, and at least 2 billion people worldwide drink water from contaminated sources that cause disease and death. ........READ MORE
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