Members of the Muslim, Christian, Sikh and Hindu communities will gather Saturday in Wilkinsburg for an event designed to foster harmony and understanding among each religion.

Pittsburgh’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will host its annual interfaith Ramadan Iftar event at 7 p.m. at the Al-Nur Mosque, 747 South Ave.

“We want to speak about the commonalities that we have rather than the differences,” said Imam Adnan Ahmed, the mosque’s prayer leader. “A lot of times, the hatred (of different religions) is generated because of ignorance.”

The event coincides with the holy month of Ramadan, which began June 6 and ends July 5. Muslims fast during the day during Ramadan. They break their fast at sunset with a meal known as Iftar.

It is a tradition for Muslims to “open our doors and our hearts” to others during Ramadan, Ahmed said.

Speakers will include the Rev. David Taylor of St. James Catholic Church in Wilkinsburg; Sanjay Mehta of Hindu Jain Temple in Monroeville; Wilkinsburg Mayor John Thompson; and Sucha Singh, a priest at the Pittsburgh Sikh Gurdwara temple in Monroeville.

“It will definitely bring harmony and understanding among the different religions,” Singh said. “When we know each other and have a dialogue with each other, then we understand each other.”

After a question-and-answer session, religious leaders will offer a special prayer for the victims of the June 12 shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Organizers will serve lamb curry, chicken sandwiches, pizza and other dishes from each faith represented at the event.

This is the fourth year the mosque has hosted the gathering. Nearly 100 people have attended in years past, Ahmed said.

The event is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend.

“This event is organized so our fellow neighbors can see for themselves what Islam means,” Ahmed said. “It is an opportunity to reach out to fellow Americans and help them see a totally different side of Islam than they see in the media.”


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