Iftar Friendship Dinner in Freemason Street Baptist Church
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast. During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking. We are making peace with those who have wronged us, strengthen ties with family and friends, stay away from bad habits permanently to clean up our lives, our thoughts, and our feelings. Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one’s self on the worship of God. It a time to enjoy breaking their holy day of fasting with family, friends, co-worker, at sunset each day during Ramadan month.
This program was one of a kind event that again demonstrated the championing of diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusiveness by Rumi Friendship Association and hosted by Freemason Street Baptist Church.
The evening was opened by the FSBC Pastor Robert Guffey who gave a wonderful speech. He welcomed guests and told how important is to know ‘others’ and learning from different communities around us. Pastor Guffey also mentioned about his experience in the previous Iftar Dinners.
The night came to an end with remarks from the Hakan of the Rumi Friendship Association who thanked the Church and Pastor Guffey for hosting the dinner. He said these events unite us and send a message of peace to the world. “We should come together more often and get to know each other more,” he said. As a memory of the day, Hakan handed a gift of traditional Turkish china to Pastor.
The program went on with a friendly table conversation. Guests enjoyed learning from each other making new friends.
The dinner aimed;
- to provide a message of peace – we stand stronger when united.
- to celebrate the diversity of our neighbors and friends,
- to increase understanding, acceptance and positive regard among our communities,
- to avoid possible misunderstandings and misperceptions amongst each other,
- to translate this first time meeting of participants into opportunities for long term friendships through family dinners and other engagements