Chicago IL: On Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Almost 300 guests from many religious and cultural backgrounds joined Muslim Educational Center at the Morton Grove to participate in a conversation and Iftar dinner with one another. Event was organized by Muslim Community Center (MCC) interfaith & Outreach Committee that hard working team consist of Ather Sadiq, Dil naz Waraich and others
Together, the organizations featured five wonderful speakers who each represented one of the greatest Faiths: Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Sikh, and Baha’i Faith Groups. Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon leads Sukkat Shalom, Ms. Shayda Safapour from Baha’i faith, Pastor Elizabeth jones of St Luke’s, Mr. Gaurav Singh from Sikh faith and Professor Inam ul Haq from Muslim community and lead the conversation about the Social Justice is at the heart of their Religion. Every speaker had 10 minutes to explain to complete the topic.
The evening began with the Islamic call to prayer and a Muslim blessing. Quran Recitation performed by Hafiz Akhlaq Ansari.Donelle Bergeson (Noor) was the host of the event at the beginning she highlighted a shot detail of Ramadan. What is Ramadan & What is for
President MCC Mohammad Sarwar Nasir gave a short welcome speech. He said “It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the Muslim Educational Center for this Iftar, our ceremony of breaking the fast. I am honored to host representatives from different faiths and denominations tonight. We are proud to have members from the Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Muslim and other communities.Our mosque Doors is always open to our neighbors. Anyone can come and learn Islam
Little children age from 3 to 10 from later days church Wilmette performed two beautiful songs. A minute silence held in honor for Orlando shooting victims
Akhter Sadiq, Incharge of the MCC Interfaith and Outreach Committee said that the purpose this interfaith gathering is to build bridges between different faith and communities and let the another faith know who we are
an interfaith panel explored how different faith traditions understand abundance, contentment, and the common good Specially Social Justice , and how faith can guide us through current economic and Social Justice challenges.
Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon said about Orlando shooting that kind of incident can be happened any were bad peoples is bad. Please don’t blame to religion Orlando incident. We have to learn more religion and understand our neighbors and provide Social Justice to everyone.
Ms. Shayda Safapour from Baha’i faith said Baha’is believes in peace, social justice, love, altruism, and unity, she also said Baha’u’llah’s teachings emphasize social justice. Baha’i religion believes evolution in religion. Mr.Gaurav Singh said “Social Justice is a very important principle in Sikh religion. Professor Inam ul Haq said Social Justice is a basic guidance in Islam.
In the panel discussion, panelists answered many questions, draw on their answer from audience.
The evening ended with an Iftar (or fast-breaking) dinner at sunset in honor of the holy month of Ramadan.
At the end of the event, the Mayor of Morton Grove Dan DiMaria Deliver final speech he said. This kind of event is very important for our community we hope that just about every local community will have some type of event. Different communities come together respect each other. This is the message from the religion.
The program was very well organized, prestigious and enjoyed by the attendees and will be remembered.
Around the US, Muslim and interfaith organizations are doing similar outreach to ensure as many non-Muslims as possible spend some time in a mosque this Ramadan.
Source: Syed Khalil Ullah
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