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CAIR Partners With Md. Mosques, Muslim Leaders for ‘Sharing Ramadan 2016’ Campaign in Baltimore

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/22/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, announced today that it is partnering with several Maryland mosques and Muslim leaders on its annual 'Sharing Ramadan' campaign to share the blessings of the holy month of Ramadan.

CAIR's Maryland Outreach Department is partnering with the Islamic Society of the Washington Area, Islamic Center of Maryland, Islamic Society of Annapolis, Sr. Nasrin Rahman, Islamic Society of Baltimore, IMAAM Center, and the Muslim Community Center to assemble and distribute 1,000 “goody bags†stuffed with granola bars, fruit snacks, and other treats. Community volunteers will assemble the bags and distribute them the following weeks to youth and senior citizens in Baltimore City. 

“Sharing our blessings with others is an obligation for all Muslims, and it is especially important during the holy month of Ramadan,” said CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry. “Our goal for this campaign is to bring some joy and goodwill to communities in Baltimore that have had little to celebrate over the last year.”

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 and generosity, while obeying God’s commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the “five pillars†of Islam.

The Muslim community in America and around the world began the month-long fast of Ramadan (rom-a-don) on June 18. The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,†or Feast of the Fast-Breaking on or about July 6.

To assist local Muslim community leaders, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has produced a “Sharing Ramadan Resource Guide 2016†that offers step-by-step advice on hosting an interfaith iftar, or fast-breaking meal, with their fellow Americans of other faiths and backgrounds.

SEE: CAIR Sharing Ramadan Resource Guide 2016

The resource guide includes instructions on forming a “Sharing Ramadan†committee, a sample media advisory for an iftar, advice on reaching out to local media, an advertisement for the event, text for a “Welcome to Our Ramadan Fast-Breaking†brochure, frequently-asked questions about Ramadan, and a sample event program and newspaper advertisement.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions 

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Contact: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062, zchaudry@cair.com

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