Just like Muslims across the continents, American Muslims fast and pray and gather themselves for iftar in small and large groups.
Fasting from sunrise to sunset during the holy month of Ramadhan is common across all the demographic groups that make up America’s 2.15 million Muslim adults.
During Ramadhan, American Muslims come together to do service and charitable acts for the common good. Ramadhan is a time when communities build an understanding through shared meals, dialogue, and storytelling.
“Muslims across America commemorate Ramadhan in ways that reflect the diversity of our country and the respect we have for pluralism”, says Jill Barwig, Cultural Affairs Officer, Public Affairs Section at the US Embassy in Muscat.
“One of the best diplomatic resources we have are American Muslims, one of the most diverse group of Muslims anywhere on earth, and an essential part of the fabric of America”, he adds.
American Muslims too believe in one of the fundamental Islamic views, “To you is your faith and to me is my faith”, as the holy Qur-an said.
The holy book which said “No one is responsible for other’s actions” advocates people to mind one’s own faith. One’s freedom to believe is his or her God.
To an American Muslim, Islam is about living in harmony with oneself physically, spiritually, emotionally and socially and with what surrounds him or her; life and matter.
American Muslims get together at various parts of the country besides the mosques and share the meal of iftar and reemphasise the message of unity while their friends from other religions fast in solidarity with their friends.