(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 5/9/2019) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations Oklahoma Chapter (CAIR-OK) will hold its Fifth Annual Ramadan Iftar with our Elected Leaders this Saturday, May 11, at 7:00pm at NOAH’s Event Center in Oklahoma City.

SEE: 2019 Ramadan Iftar with our Elected Leaders

This year’s Ifar will feature a keynote speech by Congresswoman Kendra Horn, as well as remarks from Oklahoma City Councilman James Cooper and Senator George E. Young Sr.

“The annual Ramadan Iftar with our Elected Leaders is a time for us to share the blessed month of Ramadan with our community and engage with those who represent us at all levels of government,” said Executive Director Adam Soltani. “In a time of unprecedented Islamophobia, it is increasingly important for the Muslim community to remain civically engaged as a way of combating hateful rhetoric.”

“Ramadan Iftar with our Elected Leaders is an opportunity for our elected officials and the Muslim community to meet face-to-face and engage in meaningful dialogue about how we can work together to build a more diverse and prosperous Oklahoma,” said Government Affairs Director Lani Habrock. “Whether Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Republican or Democrat, or any other category one may fall into … we all want the same things. It’s important we set our differences aside and work toward common goals.”

Ramadan (rahm-a-DAHN) is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink, and other sensual pleasures from the break of dawn until sunset. The fast is performed in order to increase self-discipline, self-restraint, and generosity, and the community is encouraged to increase their volunteerism, charity, and prayer. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca. An Iftar (IF-tar) is the meal eating to break the fast at the end of each day, after sundown.

The end of Ramadan is marked by communal prayers and celebration called “Eid ul-Fitr”(EED ull-FITTr), or Feast of the Fast-breaking, on or about June 4th.

CAIR Oklahoma is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties of all people, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR Oklahoma es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.