MCCC hosts Ramadan presentation to celebrate Arab-American and Middle Eastern culture – Mcccagora
Understanding the traditions of different groups of people plays an important role in diversifying a community.
April 21, Ismail Bowers, Associate Imam and Director of Youth Development at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, presented a panel on Ramadan.
It was one of thight panels held in April to celebrate Arab-American and Middle Eastern cultures.
23 people attended the presentation which ended with a question and answer session.
Bowers said it was his first time to present for a panel like this.
“I really enjoyed it,” Bowers said. “People asked very good questions.“
Bowers’ presentation focused on fasting, a pillar of Islamic culture.
During Ramadan, the 9e month of the islamic calendar, Muslims fasting food, drink, sex and bad sunrise to sunset character.
Sick, elderly, pregnant or breastfeeding people are exempt from fasting during Ramadan.
TThe purpose of fasting is to Gain “taqwa“, or consciousness of God, Said Bowers.
For Muslims, Ramadan is the month when the Quran, the main Islamic holy book, and its scriptures were revealed, Bowers said.
As a result, Ramadan has become a month to connect with the Quran by reading, by memorizingizing and reciting his verses. It is also a time of worship and prayer.
In order to support Muslims who fast during Ramadan, educating themselves is important for people who are not Muslims, Bowers said. He suggested going to a local mosque to ask questions.
It may be beneficial for people who are not Muslims to try fasting for a day to see what it looks like, Bowers said.
“Muslims are like you, ordinary, law-abiding citizens,” Bowers said. “We believe that we are on this Earth for a purpose, whichIt is about being merciful people and obeying God, who is the most merciful.
As Director of Youth Development at ICGT, Bowers focuses on programs and classes for high school and college students.
He said he was inspired to become an educator because his mother was an educator, who has taught over 1,000 children over his 30-year career.
“I feel like I inherited this love of teaching. Prophet Muhammad was sent as a teacher, ”Bowers mentionned. “I think education is extremely important. Ignorance is darkness. Education is light. I have a passion for trying to bring that light into people’s lives.
MCCC President Kojo Quartey, Executive Assistant to the President Penny dorcey and gdeclaim write and vscomputer Cajetan D’Cunha organize monthly panels to highlight topics on the college heritage calendar.
Quartey started these signs seven years ago when he started working at college. He said he realized that Monroe was not very diverse, so he wanted to bring different perspectives to the community.
Quartey said he wanted there to be a presentation on Ramadan because it started on April 12 and will end on May 12.
D’Cunha says he contacted the people at ICGT, who put him in touch with Bowers.
Dorcey said she determine a date and time for each panel, opeach meeting, records it if the presenter allows it and keeps track of those who participate.
“People are very willing to share their knowledge with the community,” Dorcey said.
Quartey said the presentation made him think about the similarities and differences between Christianity, the religion he practices, and Islam.
“We need to understand better different religions so that we can be more tolerant and respectful, and get at a place of healing, ”Quartey said. “Then we can create a better nation and a better world for all of us.”
Member of the Bonnie Weber community is a regular participant of these presentations and panels.
Weber said that she and her husband had taken courses in college on Arabic culture and language and attended this presentation to enrich their knowledge.
“I see education as something that doesn’t stop when you graduate,” Weber said.
D’Cunha said he encourages students to take advantage of these presentations and panels.
“The college offers a terrific resource covering a range of topics,” D’Cunha said. “Spend time attending. One hour spent in a Zoom meeting equates to so many additional hours of research work. ”
Dorcey said that she, Quartey and D’Cunha are hosting presentations and panels for May, which will cover topics such as American Jewish heritage and Asian American history.
“The more people in Monroe are exposed to around the world, the better,” D’Cunha said. “Then they can start to discover the real richness that diversity adds to life.”