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CAIR-OH: 700 Attend Cleveland ‘Sharing Ramadan’ Interfaith Iftar


(CLEVELAND, OH, 10/11/2006) – The Cleveland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations Ohio Chapter (CAIR-OH) hosted its third annual “Sharing Ramadan” iftar on Saturday, October 7, at the Joseph Cole Center in downtown Cleveland.

In attendance were hundreds of civic and religious leaders from northeast Ohio as well as representatives from local, state and national political campaigns. Proclamations were presented by the offices of the Ohio Secretary of State and Governor Bob Taft.

I-CAIR awards were presented to Plain Dealer religion reporter, David Briggs for fairness in media and to Haseeb Abid and Ibrahim Shamsi for South Asian Earthquake relief work.

Keynote speakers included: Imam Nader Taha of the Islamic Center of Akron and Kent; Dr. Paul Schroeder of Families of the Fallen for Change; and leaders of the interfaith movement “We Believe Ohio” who spoke about religious pluralism in Ohio and their economic and social vision for the state.

“The month of Ramadan is a time of great thanks for God’s mercy,” said Isam Zaiem, Chair of the Cleveland office of CAIR-OHIO. “It’s also a chance to explain more about Islam and Muslims in order to promote understanding and goodwill.”

CONTACT: CAIR-OHIO, Cleveland office, Julia A. Shearson, Director, 216-440-2247 or 216-830-2247; E-Mail:; Isam Zaiem, Chair, 216-337-7928,


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