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CAIR-Kentucky Ramadan Interfaith Dinner Reflects Diversity, Unity

(Lexington, KY, 6/13/17)-CAIR-Kentucky Ramadan Interfaith Dinner Reflects Diversity, Unity    

A capacity crowd of about 200 people attended the first-ever Ramadan Interfaith Dinner on Saturday, June 10, in Lexington, Kentucky. The event, “Experience A Taste of Ramadan” was hosted by the Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kentucky).  

Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders shared comments on fasting from their own faith perspective. The event coincided with demonstrations around the nation, protesting Sharia Law. Featured speaker and CAIR National Board Chair Roula Allouch said Sharia Law is not a threat to American democracy.

“All those people who are protesting against Sharia Law, first of all are not aware of what Sharia Law is, or what it really stands for. I think the negativity that is being promoted has created a lot of fear among people and the fear is based on ignorance, and we are definitely for the traditional American values of inclusiveness. America as we all know is a country of immigrants, it’s built on diversity.”

Allouch said the dinner could not have come at a better time. She wants the public not to spread words of hate, but to listen and understand before forming opinions.

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 called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking on or about June 24.

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..

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

 

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