As the fasting of Ramadan was coming to an end for this year, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community from Masroor Mosque in Prince William County invited area residents to the annual Interfaith Iftar Dinner on June 9.
Each fasting day’s second meal, iftar, begins after the call for the evening prayer. The daily fast during Ramadan begins immediately after the predawn meal and continues during the daylight hours.
Ramadan lasts 29 to 30 days and this year ended June 14. It is observed to commemorate the time the Quran was revealed to Muhammad. By tradition, dates are eaten to break the daily fast, along with water.
Along with area residents who filled the main hall in the mosque, attending were local representatives seated at the dias, including Del. Hala Ayala, D-51st; Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, D-2nd; and county Supervisor Marty Nohe, R-Coles.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s missionary for change, Imam Ashar Haneef, was the guest speaker. After the speeches, mosque Imam Faran Rabbani led the congregation in prayer.
The evening meal was buffet style and consisted of pita bread, chickpeas, chicken kabobs, curried chicken, vegetable rice, lentils and a cooling dessert.
The meal on the main floor of the mosque and in nearby tents for the overflow crowd was for men and children. The women preferred to remain on the bottom floor, according to organizers.
The gathering was billed as a great opportunity to get together and make new friends. Also those who do not know much about Islam or have never met a Muslim would have a chance to do both.