Ohio Muslims to Feed Needy During Ramadan

 

(CINCINNATI, OH, 10/14/04) - On Sunday, October 17, the Cincinnati office
of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Cincinnati), the Islamic
Center of Greater Cincinnati and Malik Islamic Center will mark the Muslim
fast of Ramadan by providing hot meals to more than 500 residents of that
city's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

WHAT: Ramadan "Feed the Hungry" Program
WHEN: Sunset, Sunday, October 17, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Malik Islamic Center, 1432 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH
CONTACT: CAIR-Cincinnati, Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, E-Mail: karen@cair-ohio.com; Brent Meyer, 513-276-1600

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. It is scheduled to begin on or about October 15, depending on the
sighting of the new moon.

"Caring for the less fortunate in our community is an important and
rewarding experience, one emphasized in the Islamic faith," said
CAIR-Cincinnati Director Karen Dabdoub. Dabdoub quoted Islam's Prophet
Muhammad who said Ramadan "is the month of sharing with others." He also
said: "A man has sinned if he neglects to feed those in need."

CAIR recently launched a nationwide initiative, called "Sharing Ramadan,"
designed to enhance understanding of Islam and to help Americans of all
faiths meet their Muslims neighbors by taking part in a Ramadan iftar, or
fast-breaking meal.

The "Sharing Ramadan" Resource Guide is available online at:
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/ramadan.pdf and
http://www.cair-net.org/downloads/ramadan.doc

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 29 regional offices and chapters nationwide and
in Canada.

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CONTACT: Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, E-Mail: karen@cair-ohio.com;
Brent Meyer, 513-276-1600, E-Mail: meyer_brent@hotmail.com;
Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org;
Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail: rahmed@cair-net.org

 


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