650+ Attend CAIR-Cleveland 'Sharing Ramadan' Interfaith Iftar

dates-2(CLEVELAND, OH, 8/1/13) - On Sunday, July 28, the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cleveland) hosted its 10th Annual "Sharing Ramadan" Iftar banquet with members of the interfaith community.

More than 650 guests attended the sold-out event. ("Iftar" is the meal eaten after sunset each day during Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting.)

Keynote speaker Dr. Deepa Kumar of Rutgers University spoke about her acclaimed book "Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire." The I-CAIR Community Partner award was presented to the non-profit agency Hospice of the Western Reserve for its efforts to provide training for its staff and volunteers on the cultural and religious dimensions of end of life care for diverse faith communities.

The I-CAIR Interfaith Partner Award was presented to the Central Congregational Church for their speakers series designed to dispel stereotypes about Islam and Muslims.

"Sharing the spirit of Ramadan with our neighbors, friends and colleagues is a deeply enriching experience," said Dr. Ahmed Banna, president of the Cleveland Chapter of CAIR-Ohio. "This year’s audience of more than 650 guests was the most diverse ever, and the event helped advance our goals of building mutual understanding and harmony among peoples of all faiths in our Northeast Ohio region."

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.

CONTACT: CAIR-OH Communications Coordinator Hanna Tyler, 614.451.3232, [email protected]