400 COMMUNITY MEMBERS ATTEND CAIR-OHIO’S IFTAR DINNER
(COLUMBUS, OH 10/7/06) – More than 400 people from different faiths and backgrounds attended CAIR-Ohio’s eighth annual “Sharing Ramadan” iftar, or fast-breaking meal, on Saturday, October 7 in Columbus, Ohio.
A number of American-Muslim community leaders, leaders from other faiths, members of law enforcement, representatives of local media, and students joined elected officials in the networking event.
Elected officials who spoke at the iftar expressed appreciation for the values and benefits that the observance of Ramadan brings to central Ohio’s Muslim families. They also recognized CAIR’s civil liberties and advocacy work. Proclamations recognizing Ramadan were shared from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, Columbus City Council, Governor Bob Taft’s office, and Mayor Michael Coleman’s office.
“We were delighted to host this event and have the community come together and experience a tradition that for Muslims is centuries old – the traditional breaking of the fast during the holy month of Ramadan,” said CAIR-Ohio (Columbus) Director Adnan Mirza.
Ramadan is the Islamic month during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from before dawn to after sunset. During this month, Muslims also focus on spirituality, avoid vices, and renew community relationships.
CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Director, Adnan Mirza, 614-451-3232, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Romin Iqbal, 614-451-3232, E-Mail: email@example.com.