(San Diego, CA 8/1/13) — Last week, San Diego Muslim organizations hosted their first joint “Sharing Ramadan with Neighbors” iftar, or fast-breaking meal. The hosts included the San Diego chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego), the Muslim American Society's Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (MAS PACE) and the Islamic Center of San Diego (ICSD).
The event celebrated the success of the “Sharing Ramadan with Neighbors Campaign” in the San Diego area. Many mosques and Muslim families invited their neighbors to break the fast with them during the month of Ramadan to increase positive relationships.
More than 100 guests attended, representing public officials, civil liberties organizations, a variety of law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, media outlets, business leaders, and interfaith groups.
Special guests included: UCSD Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Assistant Chief of Harbor Police Mark Stainbrook, and the board president of Islamic Center of San Diego, Dr. Ahmed Shabaik, among many other distinguished guests.
Several law enforcement agencies and government offices sent representatives to attend the event. Agencies represented included the Department of Homeland Security, the San Diego Police Department, San Diego Harbor Police Department, County of San Diego District Attorney's Office, and representatives from congressional and local government offices.
Among the local civil rights organizations, religious, and educational institutions attendees included representatives of Neighborhood Unity Foundation, NAACP San Diego Branch, ACLU San Diego and Imperial Counties, San Diego Organizing Project, Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Global Immersion Project, Society of Friends (Quakers), and Coast Vineyard.
“Ramadan is the perfect time to reach out to your neighbors and tell them a little about yourself,” said CAIR-San Diego Senior Consultant, Edgar Hopida. “A simple act of kindness, like inviting your neighbor to eat dinner with you, can go a long way, and it shows your neighbors that you care about them.”
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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CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, 858-774-9991 or 858-278-4547, firstname.lastname@example.org ; CAIR-San Diego Senior Consultant Edgar Hopida, 858-278-4547, email@example.com