A wonderful idea set up by three people in the heart of Oldham is now a global phenomenon through the power of social media.
Now in its third year, Share Ramadan aims to bring Muslims and non-Muslims together during the month of Ramadan.
The idea works in three simple steps:
1. A Muslim challenges a friend, neighbour or work colleague of another faith or no faith to fast for a day.
2. They then invite them to their house to break their fast
3. And then share a photo or video on social media using #ShareRamadan and nominate 5 friends to do the same.
The idea has gained momentum and last year thousands of people participated all over the world including USA, Canada, Australia and UAE.
With over a million post engagement and video views the idea has gone viral and is growing year on year with a global audience and following.
Hush Ali, one of the founders of Share Ramadan, said:
“It makes us feel good that we’re able to portray the right message of what Islam and Ramadan are about, rather than the negative portrayal by the media.”
Neil Jones, a Maths teacher from the UK, who took part last year and became so inspired he did it for a full week. Neil said:
“I had Iftar at a different house each day and everyone received me very positively and were happy to see me. I feel like I am now equipped with the tools to dispel any misconceptions and understand the people I work with in my work place”
Ramadan 2016 has already started so from us at Share Ramadan – challenge a friend and put a date in your diary, you will not forget this experience. Who will you invite?
To join the campaign visit facebook.com/shareramadan or follow on Twitter at @ShareRamadan, using #ShareRamadan.