IPFW Hosts Taste Of Ramadan Dinner

By John W. Davis

August 13, 2010 Updated Aug 23, 2010 at 3:11 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The holy month of Ramadan began on Wednesday, August 9, marking a time when Muslims fast from dawn until dusk for about 30 days.

On Friday night, The Pen And Inkpot Foundation and IPFW teamed up to sponsor a Taste of Ramadan.

Muslims say Ramadan is about more than fasting, it is also a time for spiritual reflection.

Ramadan is also considered a holy month because that is when the Qu'ran was revealed to the prophet Muhammad.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, that is why Ramadan is celebrated during different time periods every year.

During the holy month, Muslims fast from food, water, and sexual activities between sun up and sun down.

Friday's program was highlighted by an Iftar which is a fast breaking dinner.

Meanwhile, organizers say the actions of a few Islamic extremists, should not be used to suspiciously characterize billions of Muslims.

"I think Taste of Ramadan through food and culture and art in a way is about bringing everyone together and in Fort Wayne, in the Midwest, I think as opposed to east coast and west coast I think it's really needed in order to remove all our suspicions all around us," said The Pen And Inkpot Foundation President & Founder Uzma Mirza.

Ramadan ends on September 9, which is marked by Eid, a three-day family celebration.




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