CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Some of the candidates running in Tuesday's elections
met with members of the Islamic community Saturday at the south branch of
the Islamic Center of Charlotte.
It was an opportunity for community members and neighbors to share in a
Muslim tradition. To mark the end of each day of fasting during the holy
month of Ramadan, Muslims hold a special ceremony and feast.
The event gave community members and neighbors an opportunity to share in a
Muslims who attended the event believe that in recent years they have been
left out of the election process. They feel it is time more people seeking
office make the effort to reach out to them.
"If you look in the past, especially the past three years, no one group has
been such disenfranchised as the Muslims here in America and abroad," said
Muslim Jibril Hough.
Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds and
spending time with family and friends. The goal of fasting is to help teach
Muslims self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity. It also reminds
them of the suffering of the poor