(SEATTLE, WA, 8/25/09) ­ On August 28 and September 9, Seattle-area Muslims will reach out to their neighbors of all faiths by hosting two traditional “Sharing Ramadan” iftars, or fast-breaking dinners. The dinners are free and open to the public.
WHEN: Friday, August 28, 2009, 6-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic School of Seattle, 720 25th Ave, Seattle, WA
WHEN: Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 6-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 – 80th St., Redmond, WA
(Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206.367.4081.)
“As more than one billion Muslims worldwide mark Ramadan by fasting and appreciating God’s blessings, it is important for the American Muslim community to reach out to our neighbors of all faiths,” said CAIR-WA Projects Intern Badatu Dawud.
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 in Ramadan (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-breaking.
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 that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-WA Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari, Tel: 206.931.3655 or 206.367.4081, E-mail: email@example.com