Eid al-Fitr: Breaking the Fast

Quick Facts Summary: an Islamic festival that celebrates the end of Ramadan 2018 Date: 5th June (starting at sunset on 4th June) Celebrated by: Muslims Linked Holidays: Ramadan, Eid al-Adha (Islam) Background and Theological Significance Eid al-Fitr (in Arabic, عيد الفطر) is one of the most important festivals in the Islamic calendar. Literally translating as […]

Ramadan: Receiving the Word of God

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: A Holy Month in the Islamic calendar celebrating the revelation of the Quran. 2019 Date: May 5- June 4 (This varies place to place as it is based upon the sighting of the crescent moon) Celebrated by: Muslims Linked Holidays: Laylat al-Qadr, Eid al-Fitr Background / Theological Significance Ramadan is […]

Ridván: The Quest for Unity and Peace

Quick Facts Summary: a Bahá’í festival commemorating Bahá’u’lláh as a Manifestation of God 2019 Date: 20th April – 2nd May (sundown to sundown) Celebrated by: Bahá’í Linked Holidays: Naw-Rúz Background and Theological Significance Ridván is the principal religious festival for Bahá’í, and is often referred to as the ‘Most Great Festival’. It is seen as […]

Mawlid al-Nabi: The Birth of a Prophet

Quick Facts Summary: an Islamic festival commemorating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad 2018 Date: 20th November (Sunni), 25th November (Shi’a) Celebrated by: Muslims, most Islamic countries around the world Linked Holidays: Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Christmas Background and Theological Significance Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif (in Arabic, مَولِد النَّبِي, literally meaning ‘the birth of the prophet’) […]

Eid al-Adha: Sacrifice

Summary: an Islamic festival that celebrates the Prophet Ibrahim offering up his son to Allah 2018 Date: 21st – 25th August (sunset to sunset) Celebrated by: Muslims Linked Holidays: Eid al-Fitr, the Hajj (Islam) Eid al-Adha (in Arabic, عيد الأضحى), literally translating as ‘the Feast of the Sacrifice’, is widely considered to be the most […]

Exploiting Religion for Political Gain: Freedom of Speech or Disrespectful Opportunism?

By Frederik Seidelin Twelve years ago, in September 2005, the Danish conservative newspaper Jyllands-Posten published ‘Muhammad’s face’, an article whose alleged purpose was to discuss the issue of Danish media’s self-censorship with respect to Islam. The article was illustrated by 12 cartoons commissioned by the editor to portray Islam. A few of the cartoons seemed to […]

Christianity (and Islam) in Kagera, Tanzania

By Philbert Muvunyi We thank God for receiving missionaries here in Kagera, mainly in the early 1890s, from Europe who came to introduce to us different denominations like Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism & Lutheranism. Before the missionaries, our elders worshiped God in their own local denominations and in their worshiping they described the Lord God as […]