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|Written by Staff Writer|
|Sunday, 15 July 2012 19:16|
In the spirit of unity and sharing that characterise Ramadan, the Ottawa Muslim community will be hosting its fourth annual interfaith iftar (meal to break the fast) dinner on Aug. 11 at the Jim Durrell Complex.
The Harmony Iftar Dinner is open to all members of the community -- those who are Muslim and those who aren’t. It’s an opportunity for Muslims to build personal relationships with their non-Muslim neighbours, share the spirituality of the holy month, and correct misconceptions about Islam.
Last year, over 200 guests attended the iftar, including government officials and religious leaders. A bigger event is planned for this year. Organisers say they need about $3,700 for an expected crowd of about 300 people, and are appealing to the community for donations.
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. For Muslims, it is a period of prayer, fasting, charity, self-restraint and introspection. The first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, during the last third of Ramadan, making this an especially holy period.