IFTAR FRIENDSHIP DINNER IN NEWPORT NEWS

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 the month of Ramadan.

May 23 marked an important gathering of the Rumi community as well as our friends, neighbors, and guests. The event was organized in cooperation with Newport News City Hall at Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, Newport News

The guests learned more about the developments in the city from the new city documentary. To mark the Holy Month, a movie was played about Ramadan. Next, Hakan of Rumi Friendship Association highlighted the social dimension of Ramadan where Muslims share their food with friends, neighbors and the community they live in.

The event was honored by the participation of Newport News City Mayor McKinley L. Price. Mayor Price gave an important speech marking the significance of these dialogues programs. He has expressed his pleasure to attend the dinner and he concluded with his wishes to the attendees.

the guests started dinner after the call for prayer and enjoyed a warm conversation around the tables.