USA: Iftar Dinner promotes solidarity and tolerance in our community
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Houston held their annual Iftar Dinner to encourage the power of solidarity and tolerance amongst all people. The event, held at Madjid Baitus Samee, invited out members not only of the Muslim community, but also those of different faiths and backgrounds.
Representative of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Nasir Malik, shares the Iftar Dinner is an opportunity for the Muslim community to share with others an important tradition in their faith.
â€œAll around the world, Muslims are celebrating the month of Ramadan, and each year we hold at our mosque a fasting. We invite our guests to join us and enjoy a dinner with us and be thankful to God for all the things he has left us.â€
In attendance were notable community leaders including Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman, Precinct 4 Constable Mark Hermanâ€™s Office, members of the FBI, and representatives from the offices of Senator John Cornyn and U. S. Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee. Leaders of other religions were present as well including a Jewish rabbi and a Baptist pastor who both shared the importance of fasting in their respective faiths.
â€œWe bring people from all races and communities together, all walks of life,â€ says Malik. â€œWe have Republicans and Democrats but when you come to the mosque youâ€™re just a human.â€
More than 50 outside guests and 150 Muslim community members came together to enjoy a great dinner and share valued ideals on accepting others whose beliefs vary from their own. The group took part in a moment of silence and prayed for the victims of the Orlando nightclub tragedy. Sheriff Hickman talked about solidarity in the community and the importance of keeping our areas safe. Malik stresses how this dinner helps lead to a better understanding of the many groups and faiths that we all experience each day.
â€œThat way we can have a peaceful world, so we can have a harmony and live with each other and have an understanding of those values among our citizens, friends and neighbors.â€
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will host their annual blood drive on September 11 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Masjid Baitus Samee. This event, done in remembrance of the horrific terror attacks held on that day in 2001, will highlight various organizations who will speak to guests and provide information. Since hosting the blood drive, more than 50,000 pints of blood have been donated over the past five years.
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ByÂ Taelor Smith |Â June 30, 2016