Taste of Ramadan 2009

A fast-breaking evening of Muslims, sharing a multicultural Iftar dinner with the Fort Wayne community

The Pen and Inkpot Foundation a 501c3 non-profit charity is hosting a wonderful diverse event called a,
'Taste of Ramadan', on Friday, September 4, 2009, at 6:30pm, during the month of fasting (Ramadan), with co-host, The IPFW office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, at the Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW.  It's purpose is to give a glimpse and a sound to share in an 'Iftar (fast breaking) with non-Muslims and Muslims and see the beauty and purpose of Ramadan and enjoy a wonderful multicultural dinner and to build bridges through the Muslims' celebrated month called Ramadan (month of fasting) amongst community's, as there are a significant number of Muslim children in our school system and Muslim adults in our communities, Universities and professions. Then reflect on the spiritual concept of fasting common to all faiths.   This event reflects the Multi-cultural vitality of Fort Wayne, as the diversity of our culture, of our palette and of our race as it is reflected in the flavorful taste of our foods. We all are essentially the ‘Taste of Ramadan’ reflecting each of our unique tonal attributes.   And… it is through the architecture and tastes of our foods we take a glimpse tonight into the diversity of ourselves and our individual faiths to see our similarities not our differences.  So, what is this Ramadan? Well Ramadan is a month of fasting for Muslims. There are basically five pillars in Islam: Shahhada (oneness of God), Salat (prayer), Zakat (charity), Saum (fasting) and Hajj (the pilgrimage). Today we are celebrating the fourth pillar, called Saum or fasting which is the present month of which we share a taste called Ramadan. And we will journey through three perspectives, from sharing a view of Ramadan by a speaker who has lived in a Muslim country, a view on Health and Ramadan and our main speaker who will elaborate on what essentially is R-A-M-A-D-A-N and the purpose of Ramadan or Fasting, which is common to all faiths and philosophies.  Essentially, Ramadan or the month of fasting is a spiritual and physically intense 30 days of reflection, sharing, giving, supplication and a self building. It is indeed my favorite time of year, because it makes people share more and give more.  

Guest Speakers:
-Imam Mongy El-quesny  MD of the northeastern Indiana Islamic Center
-Professor Ahmed Mustafa PhD- Department of Biology, IPFW
-Professor Charles O’Conner PhD- Dean, College of Visual & Performing Arts, IPFW

A Spiritual Islamic Art will be on exhibit in the Auditorium and Lobby of the Music Center.

Co-host: Uzma Mirza  AIA, LEED AP, NCARB
The Pen and Inkpot Foundation (501c3)

Co-Host: IPFW Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

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