"God is love and those who abide in love, abide in God and God abides in them." (1 John 4:16)
Our Year 10 students are currently examining the three Abrahamic faiths as a part of their Ethics and Faith course this term. Their aim is to discover the similarities and differences between them by investigating such practices as their belief systems, symbols, sacred texts and their holiday celebrations.
Just as members of the Christian faith are currently celebrating the season of Easter, which lasts until the feast of Pentecost, our Islamic students at school have just begun to celebrate the feast of Ramadan, a festival that will last for the rest of the month.
For our Muslim students, Ramadan is a time to detach themselves from worldly pleasures and focus on their prayers and spend more time at the mosque than at any other time of the year.
Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, charity and performing ritual of the Haj. Members of this faith, abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk for the entire month of Ramadan, with a single sip of water considered enough to invalidate the fast.
Muslims are also encouraged to observe the five daily prayers on time and to use their downtime just before breaking their fast at sunset to recite Quran and intensify remembrance of God.
Please lend your prayers and support for them as these students do their utmost to follow the practices of their faith.
Weekend Worship will be held in St Luke’s Chapel this coming Sunday 19 June, between 5.30 pm and 6.00 pm. Everyone is invited to come along and we look forward to welcoming you.
Father Iain Furby
St Luke's Anglican School