(COLUMBUS, OH, 9/19/08) – More than 500 people turned out September 13 for the 11th Annual CAIR-Ohio “Sharing Ramadan” Iftar dinner (Ramadan fast-breaking) at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
A number of American Muslim community leaders, leaders from other faiths, members of law enforcement, representatives of local media, and area students joined elected officials in the event.
The elected officials who spoke at the iftar expressed appreciation for the values and benefits that the observance of Ramadan brings to central Ohio’s Muslim families. They also recognized CAIR’s civil liberties and advocacy work.
“We were delighted to host this iftar dinner to share the spirit of Ramadan with our neighbors,” said CAIR-Ohio Legal Director Jennifer Nimer. “By educating others and strengthening relationships in the community, we work towards greater understanding and peace.”
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 Muslim civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. The CAIR-Ohio Chapter has three offices – Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Legal Director, Jennifer Nimer, 614-451-3232