Last night began Ramadan, the holiest month for the world’s 1.3 billion. Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world, and most of its followers are not in the Middle East.
Here are some resources for covering Ramadan in the next month:
- To get background on how to cover the religion see this primer for ReligionLink, produced by the Religion Newswriters Foundation housed at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
- Beliefnet, an independent site reporting on religion, has a guide to explain Ramadan.
- CNN has published a helpful etiquette guide from CNN on what to do and not to do.
- The Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, is an educational and social justice group which can provide many resources for journalists. One of its key goals is to challenge stereotypes of Muslims and Islam.
- An explainer on Islam
- A live shot from an evening gathering when Muslims are breaking their fast
- How public schools accommodate students who are fasting
- Profile of an athlete who fasts
- Works of charity that the Muslim community is doing this month as part of its commitment during Ramadan
- A morning live shot with an imam or president of a mosque to answer common questions about Islam.