(PITTSBURGH, PA, 7/3/15) - Some 250 people turned out on Thursday for an interfaith iftar, or Ramadan fast-breaking meal, hosted by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Pittsburgh).
Highlights of the event, which took place at the Muslim Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh (MCCGP), included a thought-provoking address to the community by CAIR Pittsburgh's President, Safdar Khwaja, a presentation relating to Ramadan and spirituality given by the MCCGP’s President Salah El-Moukamal, and a pre-screening of the UPF film – “American Muslim.”
The showcase of the evening was a segment in which four people from different walks of life shared their perspectives and reflections on what being Muslim in America has meant to them. The program concluded with the interfaith audience breaking the fast together and enjoying some social time.
Attendees included religious leaders, teachers, students, and representatives of specific congregations and organizations such as the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) - which encompasses many faiths ranging from Christian to Jewish to Unitarian - the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee (PAJC), the Greater Pittsburgh Interfaith Coalition, the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh’s Help for the Convert, the Jewish Chronicle, the Consortium for Educational Resources in Islamic Studies (CERIS) and others. Ahmed El-Hattab, the executive director of the ISNA Development Foundation also took part in the event.
CAIR is 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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