How does a non-Muslim observe Ramadan in Seattle?
July 30, 2011 5:23 PM Subscribe
Can anyone recommend a Muslim community in Seattle that could help me (a non-Muslim) understand and participate in Ramadan?
posted by Surfurrus to Religion & Philosophy (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am curious about Islam and would like to learn more than what I can find in a book or online; I'd like to experience something deeper. While traveling in Turkey this past year I became aware of just how little I understood Islam - and I was struck by just how beautiful the practice can be. Now that I am new to Seattle I want to continue learning.
I found addresses for mosques/groups in Seattle, but I do not know how to chose one to visit. I also don't really know how to approach them. I don't want to offend - but, I am not asking to be converted. Is that insulting during this most sacred month? I want to feel the spirit of the observance. I want to feel what I felt when I heard the call to worship in the evenings.
I would like to find a Muslim community that is open to curious strangers and I want to be with people who can be patient with my exploration. This would be my first Ramadan experience. I do not know if I will be able to fast (for 14 hour days?). I want to try. I want to be in a supportive community, but I really do not want to be a burden on anyone.