What is an iftar? Its translation is “breaking of the fast.” Folks not acquainted with the Muslim faith may not know that it is the event during Ramadan that takes place at sunset. During this period, Muslims focus their time on fasting, prayer and reflection with the iftar serving as the main meal of the day at sunset.
To celebrate the centennial of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA during this year of social distancing, the various chapters throughout the country are holding virtual events on Saturday. In North Texas, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Dallas will host Centennial Interfaith Iftar’s “Virtual Reflections on the Power of Prayer during the Pandemic” starting at 7 p.m. that will last 45 minutes with speakers from different faiths and public officials.
According to Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Dallas Vice President Khalid Kark, “We are expecting more than 200 participants from North Texas. Since it is an interfaith event, we also have SMU Global Theological Education Director Robert A. Hunt, Vatsa Ramanathan and Shubha Srivastav representing Hinduism, Allen City Councilmember Lauren Doherty and Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey.”
Over the years, the chapter has been actively supporting the community through blood drives, delivering food to the needy and most recently the “2020 Peace Symposium: Women as Architects of Peaceful Nations” on Sunday, March 1, in Allen.
Since the program is open to all faiths and free, you might want to register to be part of a program that is providing a peaceful reflection during this challenging time.
* Graphic courtesy of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Dallas