(SACRAMENTO, CA, 7/2/14) -- On July 1, the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) hosted the eleventh annual Capitol Ramadan reception commemorating the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan. The reception drew more than 200 state elected officials, community members, and interfaith leaders to break the fast with one another at the California Capitol.
This year's Capitol Ramadan reception was co-hosted by more than 55 assembly members and senators, who also co-authored a member resolution congratulating the California Muslim American community on commencing Ramadan and also for its contributions to the fabric of the state of California.
This year's reception included addresses by Imam Zaid Shakir and State Board of Equalization Board Member Betty Yee, as well as the presentation of the resolution by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, along with several other legislators.
"CAIR-California's annual Capitol iftar is a momentous event that draws together Muslim community leaders and our state legislative representatives to break bread and commemorate the holy month of Ramadan," said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra. "The support of elected officials in co-hosting the iftar and in co-authoring the resolution sends a message to the over 800,000 Californian Muslims that they are part of the great fabric of the state of California and that their achievements are recognized."
[NOTE: 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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