(DAVIS, CA 10/4/2007) The UC Davis Muslim Students Association (MSA), the Davis Islamic Center, and the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) will host the 7th Annual Ramadan Community Dinner in the City of Davis.
WHAT: 7th Annual Ramadan Community Dinner
WHEN: Friday October, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Davis Senior Citizen Center, 646 A Street, Davis, CA
This outreach effort is designed to enhance understanding of Islam and to help Americans of all faiths meet their Muslim neighbors by participating in a complimentary Ramadan “iftar” or fast-breaking dinner. More than 1000 guests from all over the Sacramento Valley have been invited, including local and state political representatives, interfaith leaders, professors, activists and law enforcement officials. More than 750 attended the event last year.
“We value the friendship and support of our fellow Americans. Considering that Islam and Muslims are often subject to misconceptions, it is our pleasure to bring people together in this educational initiative, especially in the spirit of Ramadan,” said CAIR-SV President Dr. Hamza El-Nakhal.
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a special time for Muslims during which they abstain from food, drink, and other worldly pleasures from dawn to sunset daily. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, which serves as a spiritual and physical cleansing of the mind and body respectively.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: Dina El-Nakhal, CAIR-SV Communications Director, Tel: 530-219-2457, E-mail: email@example.com