Interfaith Ramadan Iftar Dinner at University of Puget Sound
On July 1st Pacifica Institute hosted an Interfaith Ramadan Iftar Dinner with the partnership of University of Puget Sound Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement and Associated Ministries. On a beautiful Pacific Northwest evening, new and old friends from various faith traditions gathered, all there to celebrate the nightly Iftar and to learn more about Ramadan. To learn about another faith tradition by being immersed in their tradition and practice really is an amazing experience.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Turan Kayaoglu, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, University of Washington, Tacoma, shared some insights about what Ramadan is. From sunrise to sunset, Muslims fast (no food or liquid). Fasting strengthens the commitment between humans and God. Fasting overall gives priority for mind over body. Additionally, Ramadan is about social gatherings during that holy month bringing people together in celebration and charity. After hearing thoughts and feelings from several speakers, the Call to Prayer was sung.
Whether it was from sharing a meal together, eating the traditional Iftar dates, talking and laughing together or learning about Ramadan and the Muslim faith, people expressed their joy of having attended the event. As one attendee stated, “Leaving the Iftar, walking out into the moonlight, I saw the world through a new lens and felt my spiritual cup filled!”
BarakAllahu feekum (May Allah bless you)