(SEATTLE, WA, 8/27/07) – On Wednesday, September 19, members of the local Muslim community will reach out to their neighbors of all faiths by hosting a traditional Ramadan iftar, or fast-breaking dinner, at the Islamic School of Seattle.
“As more than one billion Muslims worldwide celebrate Ramadan by fasting and appreciating the blessings given to us, it is important for the American Muslim community to reach out to our neighbors as an example of true Islamic ideals,” said CAIR-WA Project Manager Naheel Fataftah. “We are here to show our friends and neighbors that American Muslims will continue to be contributing members of our society.&rdquo
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 end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers on the day called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Braking, on October 12th, 2007. (Because Ramadan is a lunar month, the actual date is governed by the actual sighting of the new moon. Ask local coordinators for exact dates and times.)
There are an estimated 75,000 Muslims in the Puget Sound area and some seven million nationwide. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in this country and around the world.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic School of Seattle, 720 25th Ave, Seattle, WA
Seating is limited. Please RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206.367.4081
CONTACT: CAIR-WA President Arsalan Bukhari, Tel: 206.931.3655 or 206.367.4081, E-mail: email@example.com