(CINCINNATI, OH, 10/8/07) – More than 250 people of different faiths turned out on Sunday for the CAIR-Ohio, Cincinnati chapter third annual “Sharing Ramadan” iftar, or fast-breaking meal, held at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.
Members of the American Muslim community, Muslim community leaders, interfaith leaders, members of law enforcement, representatives of peace and justice groups and elected officials took part in the event.
Speakers at the iftar dinner included Jeanne Smith of the Wesley Foundation, Rabbi Gary Zola of the Hebrew Union College and Ernest Britton of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Each speaker expressed appreciation for benefits Ramadan brings to Ohio’s Muslim families as well as the value of the interfaith gathering.
“American Muslims have a duty to reach out to their neighbors of all faiths to build bridges of understanding,” said CAIR-Cincinnati Director Karen Dabdoub. “This event provided an opportunity for Ohioans from all walks of life to share a meal together.”
Ramadan is the Islamic month during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from before dawn to after sunset. During this month, Muslims also focus on spirituality, avoid vices, and renew community relationships.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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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