Fasting Separately, Breaking The Fast Together
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After sundown on Sunday, at the end of the day-long Tisha b’Av fast that commemorates the destruction of the Holy Temples in ancient Jerusalem, the more than 200 people who gathered at one Seattle-area synagogue faced east for their evening prayers.

Half of them turned toward Mecca.

A joint observance of the Jewish holiday and Islam’s Ramadan at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue, co-sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, demonstrated the common features – in addition to fast days that occasionally coincide – that Judaism and Islam share.

The “Two Faiths, One God” program at the Reform temple featured a halal break-the-fast meal, lectures on the two faiths’ beliefs and practices, and demonstrations of a Torah scroll and a copy of the Koran.

The event was part of the synagogue’s long history of interfaith outreach.

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08/02/2012 - 18:49
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Way to go Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.......keep up the good work..:))

Great article - we need more engagement like this. The Ahmadiyya Muslims logo "Love for all Hatred for None" is excellent

Well done Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. It is a good example of brotherhood and interfaith relations. Islam is religion of peace. . In Quran Allah "Say, `We believe in ALLAH and that which has been revealed to us, and that which was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes, and in that which was given to Moses and Jesus and other Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them and to HIM we submit." (Qur’ân 3-85). For more information, please visit

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