This piece belongs to the series "Ramadan - An Inward Time"
Produced by Russ Jennings - Common Soul Productions
Other pieces by Russ Jennings
Martin Macias, Jr.
Posted on October 25, 2006 at 06:19 PM
In a post-9/11 era where muslim and arabs are looked at with scorn and distrust this piece offer a fresh breath of words that enhance the spiritualality of Islam. The act of fasting, as it is explained through classical arab poetry, is a self-imposed ritual or action that reminds the body and soul of a human that to be closer with god one must rid himself or herself of all personal attachments.
Posted on October 03, 2005 at 10:45 AM
Informative and helpful in understanding the Ramadan fast. I applaud you for trying to educate the public on muslim religous practices - something that we need more of in America.
Posted on September 29, 2005 at 03:05 AM
Russ Jennings's religious vignettes are admirable and listenable attempts to explain that which is virtually unknown to the mass public: the actual beliefs and practices, the very foundations of a religion with over a billion followers. The speakers are well chosen and the audio is artfully mixed. So why only three stars?
It seems that anytime the topic of religion or spirituality is broached, we producers feel required to break out the contemplative music and become respectful, careful and, unfortunately, somewhat plodding.
The public would be better served by a less esoteric explanation of Ramadan by an Imam, however articulate. Why not spend a day with a Muslim family out buying dates, fasting, cooking and going to work without eating or drinking until nightfall?
Frankly, I'd rather hear a real estate agent tell my why Ramadan matters. And what it's like to celebrate Ramadan in a country where Muslims are a small minority, surrounded by an increasingly hostile majority.
Posted on September 26, 2005 at 08:45 AM
As the season of Holy Days and a shift of light comes upon us, we have great opportunities to observe our collective thoughts on matters of faith. In "Ramadan Fasting", producer Russ Jennings has delivered a thoughtful 5 minutes on the tradition of fasting as it pertains to Ramadan. The mystical music soundtrack soothes as Muslim Sheik Ibrahim Al-Ansari explains the motivation and spiritual aspects of the Ramadan fast, followed by a reading from the Sufi mystic Rumi. Together it makes for thoughtful meditation on an important holiday that transcends religious boundaries.
I would hope that stations could find 5 minutes especially around the beginning of the day. It's an important Muslim holy day, and I think both non-Muslim and Muslim listeners would enjoy the experience.
This year, Ramadan begins on October 4th.