What makes it unique and its purpose?
This event, FORUM, reminds each of us of the beauty of, 'what is Ramadan' or fasting which is common to all faiths, its bodily, reflective and spiritual purpose and potent value in society, while reminding that the diversity of your food, comes the diversity of 'we' the people. 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 this evening into the
diversity of ourselves and our individual faiths to see our
similarities not our differences.
The FORUM's purpose is to give a glimpse and a sound
to share in an 'Iftar (fast breaking) with Muslims and non-Muslims and
see the beauty and purpose of Ramadan (fasting) 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. It is for non Muslims and Muslims from the Indiana community. It consists of food for the mind and spirit and food for the body. The food for the body is an uncatered dinner; and the speakers are part of a civil engagement from our Indiana community's, as the food for the mind and spirit.
It is an overflowing gathering of over 260 people, with an astounding multicultural home cooked dinner, two to three vibrant and thought provoking speakers, with a unique Islamic art, a letter or attendance by the Mayor, and an interfaith gathering with civic engagement. The forum, each year, reflects a grassroots event which is part of our society, with speakers and attending guests, who give their time to learn from each other.
So, what is this
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 a few perspectives, from sharing a view of
fasting by various speakers, 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.