(CLEVELAND, OH, 10/28/2004) – On Saturday, October 30, the Cleveland office
of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) will host its 1st
annual Ramadan Iftar banquet. Guests will include public officials, civic
leaders and members of the interfaith community. (“Iftar” is the meal eaten
after sunset each day during the Islamic fast of Ramadan.)
WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2004
TIME: Registration 5:15-5:45 p.m., Program begins 6 p.m.
WHERE: Cleveland State University, Joseph Cole Center, 3100 Chester Ave.
Cleveland Ohio 44115
CONTACT: CAIR-OHIO, Cleveland Office, Julia A. Shearson, Director,
216-440-2247 or 216-830-2247; e-mail: Julia@cair-ohio.com
Ramez Islambouli, President of the Uqbah Mosque Foundation will speak about
the spiritual significance of fasting and prayer during the Holy Month of
Ramadan. Bashir G. Ahmed, President of Samad Group, Inc., will discuss the
role of Muslims in the upcoming election. CAIR staff will highlight the
Cleveland office’s civil rights and educational outreach work. Muslims will
break the day’s fast and offer communal prayers during the program.
“The Month of Ramadan is a time of spiritual renewal, charitable giving and
personal humility,” said Isam Zaiem, Chairman of the Cleveland office of
CAIR-OHIO. “This event is a wonderful chance for Americans of all faiths to
move beyond stereotypes by getting to know their Muslim neighbors.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered
in Washington, D.C., and has 29 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.