The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Silicon Valley Chapter invited the community to its annual Ramadan celebration dinner on Saturday at Baitul Baseer Mosque, 926 Evans Road.

Between 250 to 300 community members, including representatives from the Milpitas police and fire departments, attended the iftar (the opening of the fast at sunset), according to organizers.

In the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world abstain from food and drink from before sunrise to after sunset and increase focus on worship, charity and human welfare. This is all in an effort to strengthen their relationship with God.

This Ramadan celebration was a time for the community at large to come together and have a discussion about the significance of this month to Muslims around the world. The program included a reception, a recitation of the Holy Quran, a welcome by the president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, an introduction to Ramadan, guest speakers and then the breaking of the fast followed by dinner.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese (left) presents a plaque to Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Silicon Valley Chapter President Wasim Malik at the Ahmadiyya community's Ramadan iftar in Milpitas on June 27. Photo by Iftikhar Ahmed

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese (left) presents a plaque to Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Silicon Valley Chapter President Wasim Malik at the Ahmadiyya community’s Ramadan iftar in Milpitas on June 27.
Photo by Iftikhar Ahmed

Attendees at the annual Ramadan celebration dinner held by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Silicon Valley at Baitul Baseer Mosque on June 27 listen to an introduction from Wasim Malik, president of the Silicon Valley chapter. Photo by Iftikhar Ahmed

Attendees at the annual Ramadan celebration dinner held by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Silicon Valley at Baitul Baseer Mosque on June 27 listen to an introduction from Wasim Malik, president of the Silicon Valley chapter.
Photo by Iftikhar Ahmed

The Milpitas Ahmadiyaa Community hosts the greater community at its annual Ramadan celebration dinner on June 27 at its Evans Road mosque. Photo by Iftikhar Ahmed

The Milpitas Ahmadiyaa Community hosts the greater community at its annual Ramadan celebration dinner on June 27 at its Evans Road mosque.
Photo by Iftikhar Ahmed

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