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Post-9/11 Hate Attack Survivor to Speak at CAIR-Cleveland ‘Sharing Ramadan’ Interfaith Iftar

More than 500 Muslims, interfaith partners expected to attend Ramadan fast-breaking meal 

(CLEVELAND, OH, 5/13/19) – On Saturday, May 18, the Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OHIO) will host its 12th Annual “Sharing Ramadan” Iftar Banquet with members of the interfaith community. More than 500 guests are expected. (“Iftar” is the meal eaten after sunset each day during Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting.)

WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2019

TIME: Registration 6:30-7:00 p.m. | Program begins at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: LaVilla Banquet & Conference Center, 11500 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44130

CONTACT: CAIR-Ohio Cleveland Chapter Executive Director Julia A. Shearson, 216.830.2247 or 216.440.2247; E-mail:

The evening will include a Mediterranean dinner and will showcase Cleveland as an international city. The event is free and open to the public. 

Reservations are required. To reserve please e-mail, call 216.830.2247 or go to

The keynote speaker is Rais Bhuiyan, an immigrant from Bangladesh who survived a vicious hate crime in which he was shot from point blank range by a white supremacist ten days after 9/11. As part of his recovery, Rais founded a non-profit called World Without Hate. Rais will speak about his experiences of forgiveness, empathy and understanding in the context of a rising tide of hate crimes in America.

To learn more about Rais Bhuiyan go to

SEE: After being shot in the face, Rais Bhuiyan becomes forgiveness ambassador

To watch a TedxTalk by Rais Bhuiyan entitled “The Magic of Humanity: Forgiveness, Mercy and Compassion” go to:

“The month of Ramadan is a time of sharing and giving back to the community,” said Dr. Ahmed Banna, president of the Cleveland Chapter of CAIR-OHIO. “The purpose of this event is to help promote mutual understanding and harmony among all people.”

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has 33 offices and chapters nationwide. CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.


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