Inspired by rabbis using Twitter to tweet snippets of the Torah during Shavuot, Hussein Rashid is encouraging those celebrating Ramadan to use Twitter to share their favorite verses from the Quran.
During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drink and sex between dawn and sunset, and immerse themselves in the teachings of the Quran.
As USAToday reports, Rashid, a professor of Islamic Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary, is interested in using Twitter to make the Quran accessible to people around the world:
“What verses speak to you when you read the Quran this day? That’s what we’re looking for. The way we engage with scripture is always changing as our lives change. We can ask each other questions. We can explore parallels with other religions.”
He began using Twitter to explore the Quran in 2009, and his #Quran hashtag has snowballed since then.
If you do a quick search for #Quran right now, you’ll see hundreds of tweets that include partial verses from the Quran. Many are choosing their favorite verses and sharing them with others. As the Washington Post points out, some of the most simple verses resonate with Twitter users all around the world, like the one below which has been retweeted more than 100 times:
If you are celebrating Ramadan this month, will you be tweeting your favorite Quran verses on Twitter? Let us know in the comments!