Niagara Foundation and Turkish American Society of Missouri would like to invite you to our Ramadan Iftar(Fast-Breaking) Dinner, graciously hosted by St. Mark Catholic Church.
Ramadan Iftar Dinners bring individuals from different religious and cultural communities together to learn about the significance of the month of Ramadan within Islamic Tradition, engage in friendly table conversation, and break fast with an Iftar dinner. This is an opportunity to engage in friendly, informal, and open dialogue in hopes of assisting in the creation of a more inclusive St Louis community comprised of different cultures and all faith traditions.
7.30pm on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
RSVP by May 24th, 2019
St. Mark Catholic Church
4200 Ripa Ave, St. Louis, MO 63125
This is a free event but $10 donation per person is encouraged to support a refugee student.
If you have difficulties registering this event, please CONTACT Ali Durhan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
7.30pm – 7.45pm
7.45pm – 7.50pm
7.50pm – 8.20pm
Presentation on Ramadan & Fasting
Call for Prayer
8.20pm – 8.55pm
Iftar (Fast-breaking) Dinner
8.55pm – 9.00pm
A lecture on fasting and the holy month of Ramadan, followed by an Iftar (fast-breaking) dinner. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the five core practices of Islam. Ramadan is a month of blessing marked by charity and prayer for all Muslims. All means of worship during Ramadan focus on self-sacrifice and devotion to God. (Vegetarian options will be available).
The Abrahamic religions all practice the act of fasting. Understanding the similarities and differences helps us grow as a community. Fasting helps one to empathize with the less fortunate. During long hours of thirst and hunger one realizes how it feels to not be able to find something to eat or drink. It helps us to cultivate empathy for the suffering of others and, thus, to restore compassion to the center of all morality and religion. Compassion leads to charity and in charity we could go beyond our ego and our selfishness.