Dear Members of the Santa Clara University Community,
This evening at sundown, the holy month of Ramadan begins for Muslims around the world. Marked by fasting and sacrifice, Ramadan is a time for inner reflection, devotion to God, and self-control. The traditional practices of prayer, fasting and acts of charity help bring members of Islam closer to God during these holy days. For the Muslim community, fasting frees the body and soul from worldly impurities and offers an opportunity to focus on spiritual needs. Muslims are called upon to reflect on their lives and make peace with others.
May this holy month bring personal transformation and a deeper relationship with God to members of the Muslim community. May it also remind each of us of our own need for spiritual renewal and reconciliation with one another and with God.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.