Wrth i ni gyrraedd y Grawys, Ryland Teifi sy'n dysgu mwy am y cyfnod pwysig yma yn arwain at y Pasg. Ryland Teifi learns more about fasting during Lent and Ramadan. Plus, hymns ...
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-February is a month to look ahead.
-Days get longer
-and spring is in the air.
-It's also a time for Lent
-in the Christian calendar...
-..a time for contemplation and
-fasting in the lead up to Easter.
-In tonight's programme
-we hear about fasting...
-..amongst other religions in Wales.
-Welcome to Bangor. Welcome
-to Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol.
-As we approach Lent,
-we learn more about this period...
-..from Canon Robert Townsend.
-And what is it like to fast
-in the Muslim community in Wales?
-The city of Bangor,
-one of Wales' smallest cities.
-It's home to one
-of its oldest diocese.
-Back in the sixth century, St
-Deiniol established a monastery...
-..on the site
-of the present cathedral.
-an important Christian centre.
-When the Penrhyn slate quarry
-was opened in the 18th century...
-..and when the modern day A5
-..a town grew around the cathedral
-and it became...
-..a busy commercial, cultural
-and social town in North-west Wales.
-Our congregational singing comes
-from the multi-faith Emaus church.
-It's located near the university.
-We begin with an appreciation
-of Jesus Christ's reign.
-Canon Robert Townsend
-is communications director...
-..for the Bangor diocese.
-The work the Church does
-during this time...
-..helps many people locally.
-Lent is a period
-of 40 days and 40 nights.
-Christians prepare for Easter...
-..celebrate the highlight
-of the year...
-..and relive the events of Jerusalem
-during the first Easter...
-..Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and
-the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
-A lot of people like to fast
-or stop doing something...
-..during the period of Lent.
-They live without something
-to try and make a difference.
-Sacrifice in the material world
-Yes, we all know how difficult it is
-to live without phones, devices...
-..and our iThingies.
-It is difficult
-but it's not impossible.
-Is fasting as popular now
-in the modern world?
-Everyone likes giving up
-..or Liquorice Allsorts in my case.
-I love Liquorice Allsorts.
-Living without them for 40 days
-is very difficult for me.
-It's very difficult!
-It's not the giving something up,
-the fasting, that counts...
-..but trying to find something else
-in its place.
-If you're fasting
-and you give up chocolate...
-..the money you save in doing so,
-you need to do something with it.
-We're in Bangor now,
-in the cathedral.
-Here, there's a foodbank.
-Often, people give something up...
-..put the money to one side...
-..and spend that money
-on food for the foodbank.
-That helps people in our community.
-Whatever the colour of our skin,
-whatever our beliefs...
-..as a Christian,
-it's a privilege to help others...
-..especially during Lent
-as we look ahead to Easter.
-Lent is a time for contemplation...
-..and Christians fast
-for 40 days until Easter.
-Fasting is also
-an important part of Islam.
-During Ramadan, Muslims fast
-from the break of dawn...
-..until sunset every day.
-can tell us more about it.
-Islam means a lot to me,
-it gives me a direction in life.
-It reminds me of what
-I should be doing every day...
-..and to do kind acts.
-I can't think of a life without it.
-It's gives me a purpose in life.
-It gives me a great boost.
-I like coming here.
-It gives me an opportunity to think.
-It's a peaceful place to visit.
-My family and friends come here.
-There's a nice community here.
-Ramadan is a month
-in the Islam calendar...
-..when Muslims fast
-from the break of dawn until sunset.
-We don't drink, we don't eat.
-We use the time
-to bring us closer to God.
-We read the Quran, we pray more.
-We try and do more kind acts...
-..such as helping people
-and stuff like that.
-Throughout the year,
-Muslims might not do enough...
-..or might not do
-what they should do.
-It's time to recharge
-and it makes me feel very peaceful.
-We believe that everything we do
-during Ramadan is more valuable.
-It's a time
-when we return to Islam...
-..and rediscover what we
-should be doing all year round.
-Our family wakes up at about 3.00am.
-Mam makes food and we all eat.
-Then we pray and go back to sleep.
-If there's school, we go to school,
-the same with work.
-We then return home
-and pray together.
-We eat and break the fast together.
-Ramadan is difficult but it gets
-easier as the month progresses.
-It's difficult at the start
-when you're not used to it.
-After a few days, it's easier.
-By the end of the day,
-I don't feel like eating a lot...
-..because I'm used to not eating.
-with their everyday lives.
-We don't let it affect our lives.
-It's just something extra
-that we do during the month.
-In the future, I hope that more
-Muslims do more for their community.
-We do a lot now but in the future,
-I believe we'll do even more.
-It's strengthened me as a person.
-It's Saturday morning but
-this primary school is still open.
-Local children come here to learn
-about their religion, Islam.
-When night has entered,
-we do our Isha prayers.
-originally from Singapore...
-..is one of the teachers responsible
-for an Islam school in Newport...
-..every Saturday morning.
-The school teaches children about
-the prophets and their faith...
-..and offers them advice
-about the course of life.
-How much of a challenge
-is it to run this school...
-..and teach children about Islam?
-but it's important to the families.
-We live in a multi-cultural Wales.
-It's important to teach respect.
-We want to teach them
-to become good Welsh Muslims.
-We're going to count.
-Shereen's children learn about their
-religion and the Welsh language.
-I'm Iesu and I speak three languages
-- Malay, English and Welsh.
-Ramadan is important to us.
-We don't eat for 16 hours.
-It can make you very hungry.
-To keep the family going
-during the fasting period...
-..between daybreak and sunset,
-they eat healthy, nutritious food.
-We're cooking mosque porridge -
-broth with meat, spices and carrots.
-We've got a very special guest,
-Owain, Iesu's father,
-came from a Christian family.
-At the age of 17,
-after a visit to the mosque...
-..he decided to join
-the Islam faith.
-After meeting Shereen,
-they married in 2005.
-People often ask me...
-..whether I'm Welsh or Muslim.
-I'm glad to say I'm a Welsh Muslim.
-Things weren't that simple
-during his youth.
-When I was a kid, I was nasty
-to other Muslim kids at my school.
-Yeah - boo, hiss!
-Unfortunately, there's too much
-hatred in the world today.
-I welcome something that helps
-people to understand each other.
-I hope this Saturday school
-can do that work.
-Unless you were a Muslim, Ramadan
-comes and go and you don't notice.
-We try and make sure the house
-..using Christmas decorations,
-tinsel and everything else.
-It's important to learn why we fast.
-When they're older and they
-can take part in the fasting...
-..then they'll understand.
-Ramadan is a wonderful month.
-It's an opportunity for us
-to come closer together...
-..and appreciate God.
-As our visit to Bangor
-draws to a close...
-..despite the hustle and bustle
-..I hope we can find a moment
-We hope you can join us again
-From Bangor, goodnight.
-S4C Subtitles by Adnod Cyf.
Wrth i ni gyrraedd y Grawys, Ryland Teifi sy'n dysgu mwy am y cyfnod pwysig yma yn arwain at y Pasg. Ryland Teifi learns more about fasting during Lent and Ramadan. Plus, hymns from Bangor.