(COLUMBUS, OH 10/1/07) – More than 500 people attended the 10th Annual CAIR-Ohio “Sharing Ramadan” Iftar (fast breaking) dinner on Saturday at Ohio State University in Columbus.
Dinner attendees included Muslim leaders, representatives of the interfaith community, members of law enforcement, media professionals, and elected officials.
A number of speakers at the event expressed appreciation for CAIR’s efforts to protect civil rights and for the values of generosity and self-discipline instilled by the observance of the Ramadan fast.
“We are delighted that Ohioans of other faiths had an opportunity to experience the traditional breaking of the fast during the holy month of Ramadan,” said CAIR-Ohio Legal Director Jennifer Nimer.
Ramadan is the Islamic month during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from before dawn to after sunset. During this month, Muslims also focus on spirituality and the renewal of community relationships.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. The CAIR-Ohio Chapter has three offices – Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. 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.