The “Fast With DC Muslims” project is a one-day campaign on May 31, 2019 in the District of Columbia that empowers you to join DC Muslims by fasting in solidarity and against anti-Muslim discrimination. Originally launched in 2016, OHR along with government and community partners will will fast from food and drinks (excluding water) from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 31 while sharing a few short talking points on the diversity of Muslims, and ways to be a strong allies against Islamophobia and interconnected discrimination via social media. We encourage members of the public to join us in solidarity and when asked why you are fasting, you too can simply recite one of the talking points or tips. It’s that easy, and together we can reach thousands of people!
The talking points on "why we are fasting" are available online in PDF. Here is a sample tip to share in-person or via social media:
"I am fasting to help make others aware that not all Muslims are Arab and not all Arabs are Muslim. There is much diversity in the Muslim community. #FastWithDCMuslims"
Other resources to share include:
A few more things to know
What is Ramadan? Ramadan is an annual observance where Muslims spend a month observing a fast from sunrise to sunset. During this time, Muslims abstain from all food and drink during the daylight hours. However, Ramadan is about much more than not eating and drinking. Ramadan serves as a time to cleanse the soul, increase charitable giving, and practice self-discipline.
Why are we fasting in DC? Fasting is an experience that crosses religious, cultural and political traditions -- and is often used as a tool to express support or opposition for various issues. We are fasting in DC on Friday, May 31 because the Muslim community has continued to experience discrimination, and we want to show our Muslim neighbors that DC is united against Islamophobia and interconnected forms of discrimination. Most importantly, this serves as an opportunity for us all to evaluate the Islamophobic and xenophobic ideas and biases that are used to oppress certain groups.
How do I prepare to fast? Here are seven easy steps to prepare for a fast:
- Hydrate plenty the night before.
- Avoid junk food or greasy food.
- Eat before sunrise and finish by 4:15am!
- Hydrate during your early breakfast - protein, carbs, fruits are good options.
- Avoid sugary food or drinks the day before. They can dehydrate you.
- Remember that this is more mental than physical. When you feel thirst or hunger, use it as a moment to relfect on those who don't have a choice and suffer in hunger and thirst every day of the year.
- Look for opportunities to be of service to someone on your day of fasting.
Help us further the messages with social media
As a visual statement that you are standing against anti-Muslim discrimination, participants are encouraged to use their social media to promote the event and spread awareness about our fellow Muslim Americans on May 31 using the hashtag #FastWithDCMuslims.
For additional detailed information about the campaign, download the "Fast With DC Muslims Campaign Description" in PDF.
This year's “FastWithDCMuslims" project is a collaboration between the District of Columbia government, Justice for Muslims Collective, and allies with the desire to share information about DC Muslims to increase awareness and understanding.
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