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CAIR-CA: Thousands Attend Ramadan Outreach Events

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 10/18/2007) – The Sacramento Valley Muslim Community held a number of events in the month of Ramadan attracting thousands of attendees. The outreach efforts were designed to enhance the 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.

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-CA and Members of State Legislator hold 4th Annual State Capitol Ramadan Iftar
CAIR-SV along with State Senators and Assembly members hosted the 4th Annual State Capitol Ramadan Iftar. Assembly member Dave Jones presented CAIR and the Muslim Community with the Annual Ramadan Members Resolution commemorating Ramadan and recognizing CAIR’s contributions in the State of California.

More than 750 attend 7th Annual Davis Ramadan Iftar – The UC Davis Muslim Students Association (MSA), the Davis Islamic Center, and CAIR-SV hosted the 7th Annual Ramadan Community Dinner in the City of Davis. More than 600 guests from all over the Sacramento Valley attended, including local and state political representatives, interfaith leaders, professors, activists and law enforcement officials.

More than 900 Attend the Annual SALAM Fast-for-a-Day – The Annual fast-for-day, entitled, “Sharing the blessing for Ramadan,” attracted a diverse crowd from the Sacramento Valley region.
SEE: Day of fasting seeks to give others insight into Muslim life (Sacramento Bee)

More than 200 attend Masjid Ibrahim Fast-for-a-day – The annual event included a lecture by Imam Luqman Ahmad and a video presentation on Islam.

More than 300 attend Fast-for-a-Day at California State University, Sacramento – More than 300 students and faculty attended the annual fast-for-a-day sponsored by the Muslim Students Association (MSA). The keynote speaker was CAIR-SV’s Basim Elkarra.

More than 300 attend Fast-for-a-Day at Cosumnes River College (CRC) – More than 300 students, faculty, and community members attended the CRC fast-for-a-day. The keynote speaker was CAIR-SV’s Basim Elkarra.

More than 300 attend annual Fast-for-a-Day in Redding – More than 300 community members including Redding City Council Members and Law Enforcement officials attended the second annual community fast-for-day, sponsored by the Islamic Center of Redding. The keynote speaker was CAIR-SV’s Basim Elkarra.

Yolo County Fast-for-a-Day – Yolo County held its first iftar in the County Administrative building. The iftar was sponsored by Yolo County Supervisor Mariko Yamada and the Woodland Islamic Center. Speakers included Maren Shawesh and CAIR-SV’s Basim Elkarra.

Islamic Center of Chico Lecture – CAIR-SV’s Basim Elkarra gave a lecture entitled, “Faith in Action,” at the Chico Islamic Center. The lecture was part of CAIR-SV’s outreach activities during the month of Ramadan.

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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra, 916-441-6269; E-Mail:


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