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Ramadan Dinners

Ramadan is a sacred month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. This period of fasting, known as Sawm, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is observed as an act of worship and spiritual discipline. The fast is broken each evening with a meal called Iftar, which often begins with the eating of dates and is followed by a larger, communal feast. Iftar serves as an opportunity for family and community members to gather and share in the blessings of Ramadan.

Every year, the Lehigh Dialogue Center hosts an Iftar event to foster understanding and unity among people of different religious backgrounds. This annual event aims to educate attendees about the significance of Ramadan and the practices associated with it, creating a space for dialogue and mutual respect. On June 15, 2017, the Lehigh Dialogue Center continued this tradition by inviting guests from various faiths to participate in their Iftar celebration.

The evening began with a warm welcome from the organizers, who provided an overview of Ramadan and its importance in the Islamic faith. They explained that Ramadan is not only a time for fasting but also for increased prayer, reflection, and charitable acts. The purpose of the fast is to cultivate empathy for those who are less fortunate, to cleanse the soul, and to strengthen one’s connection to God.

As sunset approached, the call to prayer (Adhan) marked the end of the day’s fast. Attendees were invited to join in the Maghrib prayer, which is performed shortly after sunset. Following the prayer, everyone gathered for the Iftar meal. The spread included a variety of traditional dishes, reflecting the diverse culinary traditions of the Muslim community.

Throughout the meal, guests engaged in conversations about their own religious practices and shared stories about how they observe their respective holidays and rituals. This exchange of experiences helped to build bridges of understanding and friendship among the attendees.

The event concluded with a brief presentation about the charitable efforts undertaken by the Muslim community during Ramadan, including initiatives to support local food banks and shelters. Attendees were encouraged to participate in these efforts and to continue fostering interfaith dialogue and cooperation.

Overall, the Iftar event organized by the Lehigh Dialogue Center on June 15, 2017, was a meaningful occasion that highlighted the values of compassion, unity, and respect that are central to Ramadan. It provided a platform for individuals of different faiths to come together, learn from one another, and celebrate the spirit of community.

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