State Islamic and American Leaders Mark End Of Ramadan
The Muslim community concludes a month of fasting, prayer and spiritual renewal at sunset tonight as its holiest month of Ramadan concludes. In marking the eve of this last day, more than 200 governmental, civic and Muslim American leaders Tuesday night gathered at the State Capitol basement rotunda for the 10th Annual Capitol Ramadan Iftar–the breaking of the daily fast.
The event was sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Sacramento Valley Chapter (CAIR-SVC) and was hosted by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly members Roger Dickinson (6th District) and Mariko Yamada (4th District).
About a dozen California Senate and Assembly members mixed in a crowd that included a diverse mix of politicians, inter-faith religious representatives, media members and Muslim community leaders and their families.
Basim Elkarra, CAIR-SVC Executive Director, thanked the group for its participation, noting that more legislators than ever joined in sponsoring a resolution recognizing the Muslim community for its value and contributions to the betterment of California.
Ramadan is a time when Muslims refocus their lives toward holiness and charity, particularly for the poor, hungry and homeless. Assembly member from Sacramento, Roger Dickinson, whose district includes downtown and the state capitol thanked the attendees for their “commitment to humanity.”
Assembly member Mariko Yamada noted the improvement in the relationship between the American and Islamic communities since the 1st Capitol Iftar 10 years ago with “hope on the horizon” for even better relations.
Among media members, retired Access Sacramento Executive Director Ron Cooper was particularly singled out on his retirement and for a career dedicated to sharing free speech messages and for his help in providing TV coverage of Muslim community events in Sacramento County.
After a 45-minute presentation of speeches commending the valuable relationships between American and Islamic leaders, a Iftar buffet of traditional foods was presented by FreshMed Restaurant of Sacramento that specializes in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. The buffet included Chicken Kabob, Beef Kabob, Mediterranean rice with carrots and raisins, roasted eggplant, green salad with hummas and pita bread.
The month of Ramadan follows an Islamic Calendar that cycles months on a lunar schedule. Ramadan concludes at sunset on the last day of the ninth month with the arrival of the new moon.
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