(SANTA CLARA, CA, 7/25/14) -- This evening, the California relatives of a Palestinian family who lost 30 relatives in an Israeli attack over the weekend will receive condolences and hold a memorial service at the Blossom Valley Muslim Community Center in San Jose.
[NOTE: It is a Muslim tradition for relatives of the deceased to receive visitors who offer condolences for their loss. The condolences and memorial service will be followed by the traditional Ramadan fast-breaking meal (iftar) and prayers.]
Israeli fighter jets blew up the family's home while they were gathered for dinner after breaking their fast. The family suffered the highest death toll in any one family from a single incident since the beginning of the recent conflict.
Representatives of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) will join the Jamah family as they receive condolences and call for peace and justice in the Holy Land.
"As Ramadan comes to an end, it has been nearly one month since the beginning of these indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Gaza," CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo said. "We pray for justice and peace in the Holy Land."
WHAT: Jamah Family accepting condolences
WHEN: Friday, July 25th at 5:30 p.m. Ending by sunset at 8:24 p.m.
WHERE: Blossom Valley Muslim Community Center (5885 Santa Teresa Blvd., Ste. 113, San Jose
Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset. The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God's commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the "five pillars" of Islam.
CAIR-CA is a chapter of CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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