(DALLAS, TEXAS, 7/7/15) – Council on American-Islamic Relationsâ€™ North Texas chapter (CAIR-DFW) Executive Director Alia Salem and Board President Amina Rab (photo) yesterday attended the 2nd annual iftar, or Ramadan fast-breaking meal, with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings in the flag room of City Hall.
Mayor Rawlings, the first Dallas mayor to host an iftar, did so in cooperation with prominent Muslim community leaders.
More than 200 community leaders and city officials from North Texas, including the Dallas mayor pro-tem and the mayor of Plano Texas attended the iftar.
Mayor Rawlings said in a statement,Â
“This iftar, in its second year, is a testament to the progress of our beautiful city and the importance of creating an inclusive environment that celebrates our wonderful diversity. Some people want to create distance between our different groups but I believe in creating an environment of intimacy where we can know and understand one another.
â€œI hope that as each year passes this tradition grows to include more Muslims from the community that will be able to attend. I also hope that my fellow mayors in North Texas will also join me to honor and celebrate this most honorable and holy of traditions. The Imam taught me tonight that Islam stresses the importance of fasting in Ramadan to remember those who are in need. Ramadan teaches us that we cannot sleep while our neighbor is hungry, that is powerful. I tell you I won't be able to sleep soundly again after hearing that.”
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive DirectorÂ AliaÂ Salem,Â 469-554-0786, 817-538-8269, email@example.com