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.

As Rumi FA, we wanted to turn this essential religious month into an opportunity where we could organize Friendship Dinners by inviting people from different walks of life, backgrounds, and cultures thus facilitating dialogue among them.

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

On Thursday, May 9th, the Iftar Dinner gathered Turkish and Crescent communities. a crowd of almost 100 men and women enjoyed the different cuisines and a warm fellowship. Participants shared food and discussions while kids enjoyed eating cotton candy.

We would like to thank Imam Rachid and his friendly community for opening their doors and their warm hospitality.