Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting and prayer, began this year on June 28. During the month, Muslims will fast from food and water from sunup to sundown, a special challenge during these long summer days. It is traditional to break the fast each evening with a meal known as an iftar, and these meals provide an opportunity for inviting family, friends, and neighbors to join in. For many years, the mosques and Muslim associations in the Bay Area have invited the wider community to interfaith iftars, to meet their Muslim neighbors and to learn more about the observance and its meaning.
Last night, I had the pleasure of joining with more than 200 Muslims and people of other faiths at the Muslim Community Center in Pleasanton for an iftar sponsored by ING, the national group based in San Jose that provides education about Islam and about interreligious understanding and cooperation by training and supplying speakers and panels for schools, governmental organizations, hospitals, congregations, and more.
Throughout the rest of the month there are several Ramadan opportunities in the Bay Area. They are listed below; contact the organizers for additional information.
- Tuesday, July 15, 6:30pm, American Muslim Voice
Samina Sundas’ home, 120 Park Ave., Palo Alto
RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org. This iftar is part of joint Muslim/Jewish fast day (Ramadan and 17 Tammuz) for peace.
- Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Ramadan Open House
Islamic Center of Mill Valley, 62 Shell Road, Mill Valley
The Islamic Center of Mill Valley cordially invites you to learn about the holy month of Ramadan from the knowledgeable leader and speaker, Mufti Abdullah Nana, followed by youth sharing their experience of fasting. Indian delicacies and light refreshments will be served after sunset. To RSVP, please email email@example.com.
- Tuesday, July 15, 7:30pm, Pacifica Institute (Turkish Gulen movement)
1257 Tasman Dr. Unit A&B, Sunnyvale
Speaker will be Mustafa Akyol, columnist and author of “Islam Without Extremes”. RSVP pacificasv.org/RSVP.
- Thursday, July 17, 2014, 7:30 pm, The Ramadan Experience
Zaytuna College 2515 Hillegass Ave, Berkeley
An Inspiring Interfaith Program and Iftar Feast. Sponsored by Pacifica Institute.
RSVP to pacificasv.org/rsvp/
- Sunday, July 20, South Bay Islamic Center dinner
2345 Harris Way, San Jose
- Saturday, July 26, 7:00pm, Ahmadiyyah Muslim Community
926 Evans Road, Milpitas
RSVP to Sabuhi7@hotmail.com by July 20
- Saturday, July 26, 2014, 7:00 pm, The Ramadan Experience
Peninsula Temple Beth El, 1700 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Mateo
You are cordially invited to our Interfaith Iftar (Fast Breaking) Dinner. Join us in the Holy Month of Ramadan for an Inspiring Interfaith Program. There will be Speakers, Havdalah Ceremony, Iftar Feast, and More. Seats are Limited so Kindly RSVP at www.pacificasv.org/rsvp by July 17.
Organized By: Pacifica Institute and Peninsula Temple Beth El