The Muslim Unity Center is a local gathering place for Muslims from many different countries and cultural traditions. On June 8, they will welcome participants in Exploring Our Religious Landscapes to experience the traditions of Ramadan with a multi-cultural flavor.
During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Muslims fast during the day and then break the fast with a traditional evening meal called Iftar, often gathering for a communal meal. Different Muslim communities have different cultural and regional cuisines that are part of their Iftar traditions, and program participants will be treated to a range of them.
The Iftar meal is served after the conclusion of the evening or Maghrib prayer, which participants will also have the opportunity to observe. During the tour of the prayer hall, Imam Almasmari with do a Q & A about the 5 daily Muslim prayers and what they stand for.
Note: The program will start at 7:30, rather than 6:00 as the other evenings have, to allow us to enjoy Iftar with our friends at the MUC.
We will also get to learn about the 5 pillars of Islam, Muslim beliefs about the afterlife and angels, Islam’s similarities with the Abrahamic traditions, and how Jesus, Mary, and Moses are portrayed in the Quran, the Muslim scripture.
We will learn about who Mohamed was, and what he represents. And we will learn about Haj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.
This will be a very special interfaith and inter-cultural experience that will help us all do the very important work of creating a bridge between our Muslim neighbors and our friends of other faith traditions. We hope you will join us for what is sure to be an informative, interesting, fun, and very tasty event.