(CINCINNATI, OH, 9/24/07) – On Sunday, September 23, 2007 the Cincinnati office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Ohio (CAIR-Ohio), the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati and Al As-hab Islamic Center marked the Muslim fast of Ramadan by providing hot meals to more than 550 residents of that city’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.
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. It began on September 13, upon on the sighting of the new moon the night before.
“Caring for the less fortunate in our community is an important and rewarding experience, one emphasized in the Islamic faith,” said CAIR-Cincinnati Director Karen Dabdoub. Dabdoub quoted Islam’s Prophet Muhammad who said Ramadan “is the month of sharing with others.” He also said: “A man has sinned if he neglects to feed those in need."
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.
CONTACT: CAIR Cincinnati Executive Director Karen Dabdoub, 513-281-8200, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Cincinnati Chairperson Zeinab Schwen, E-Mail: email@example.com; CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org