(DAVIS, CA, 10/9/2007) – Some 750 people, including local and state political representatives, interfaith leaders and law enforcement officials, turned out on Friday for the 7th Annual Ramadan Community Dinner in the City of Davis. The dinner was co-sponsored by the UC Davis Muslim Students Association (MSA), the Davis Islamic Center and the Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV).
The outreach effort was designed to enhance understanding of Islam and to help Americans of all faiths meet their Muslim neighbors by participating in a complimentary Ramadan “iftar” or fast-breaking dinner.
“We value the friendship and support of our fellow Californians,” said CAIR-SV President Dr. Hamza El-Nakhal. “It is our pleasure to bring people together in this educational initiative in the spirit of Ramadan.”
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a special time for Muslims during which they abstain from food, drink, and other worldly pleasures from dawn to sunset daily. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, which serves as a spiritual and physical cleansing of the mind and body respectively.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra, 916-441-6269; E-Mail: email@example.com