(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 3/30/2022) – On Saturday, April 2, the Muslim community in Oklahoma and around the world will begin the month long fast of Ramadan (RAHM-a-daan). This holy month will be welcomed with community Iftar dinners, service projects, and outreach to help Oklahomans better understand the Muslim community.

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink, and other sensual pleasures from before dawn until sunset. The fast is performed to increase spirituality, discipline, self-restraint, and generosity while obeying God’s commandments. Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the “five pillars” of Islam.

SEE: CAIR-OK Guide to Understanding Ramadan

During the month of Ramadan, CAIR Oklahoma will host several events focused on building bridges of peace and understanding including our Annual Ramadan Iftar with Elected Leaders featuring a keynote speech from OKC Mayor David Holt. Additionally, CAIR Oklahoma will host a Ramadan Day of Service in coordination with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and a Young Professionals Iftar.

SEE: Ramadan Iftar with Elected Leaders

“Ramadan is a month in which we simultaneously seek to improve our spiritual health while building bridges of peace and understanding with our neighbors,” said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani. “We look forward to the return to engaging in-person with our fellow Oklahomans in an effort to continue setting a strong example of what interfaith love and cooperation look like.”

SEE: 2022 Ramadan Day of Service

The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking, on May 2 at Mosques and Islamic Centers throughout the state.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, 405-248-5853, asoltani@cair.com; CAIR-OK Civil Rights Director Veronica Laizure, 405-430-9877,vlaizure@cair.com; CAIR-OK Community Outreach Director Natasha Saya, 405-887-8354, nsaya@cair.com.