(SANTA CLARA, CA, 9/11/07) – On the weekend of September 29-30, the Council on American-Islamic Relations of the San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA) and nine bay area mosques will open their doors to host a dinner to celebrate Ramadan with neighbors and friends.
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 Bay Area have been invited, including local and state political representatives, interfaith leaders, professors, activists and law enforcement officials.
“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 Amina Ansari, CAIR-SFBA Program Manager.
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.
WHAT: “Mosques Open Doors” Ramadan Open House
WHEN: Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30.
WHERE: To RSVP by September 24 and for participating mosques, please visit Ramadan Iftar
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.
MEDIA CONTACT: Asma Nemati, CAIR-SFBA Media Relations Coordinator, 408-986-9874, firstname.lastname@example.org