(ST. LOUIS, 6/4/18) — On Tuesday, June 5, the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis (IFGSTL) and the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Missouri) will host the “4th Annual Sharing Ramadan” open house and “iftar,” or Ramadan fast-breaking meal, to educate others about their faith, share a meal and overcome Islamophobia.
WHAT: 4th Annual Sharing Ramadan Open House
WHEN: Tuesday, June 5, 6 P.M.
WHERE: Daar-Al-Islam Masjid, 517 Wiedman Rd, Ballwin MO, 63011
CONTACT: CAIR-MO Executive Director Faizan Syed, 314-330-2946, email@example.com
Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset. The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint, generosity, and building a closer personal relationship with God.
At each sunset during Ramadan, Muslims have “iftar,” a meal that breaks the fast. It is a time for food, community, prayer and fellowship. This year, the St. Louis Muslim community are working to build bridges of peace and mutual understanding by encouraging peoples of all faiths and the general public to join together in the breaking of the fast with their Muslim neighbors.
Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the “five pillars” of Islam.
“With all of the anti-Muslim rhetoric going on across the U.S. this will be our most important Sharing Ramadan event,” said Nauman Wadalawala, board member of IFGSTL and a member of the organizing committee. “Presently, unfortunately there are a lot of misconceptions out there of the Islamic faith. The best way to combat this rhetoric and dispel these misconceptions is for people to interact with one another. What better way of doing that then having people participate in the breaking of the fast?”
The evening will include a guided tour of the Islamic Center, presentations about Ramadan, breaking of the fast meal, sunset Muslim prayers followed by dinner. There will be various activity tables such as an Islamic Information tables, writing names in Arabic, hand art known as Henna, try on Muslim clothing from around the world, and many more.
“The Sharing Ramadan event is an annual opportunity for peoples of all faiths to get together, break bread and overcome the forces that wish to divide us,” said Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-Missouri. “Now more than ever peoples of conscience must come together to overcome the troubling rise in hate and division going on in our country. Sharing Ramadan is a concrete positive step towards creating a more compassionate and loving society.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
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