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Charlotte-area Muslims to sponsor open house Saturday

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims gather each night after sundown for “iftar,” a meal to break the daylight fast. On Saturday night (June 25), the Islamic Center of Charlotte is inviting non-Muslims to join them for a meal and to ask questions about Islam, Ramadan and their tradition of fasting.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims gather each night after sundown for “iftar,” a meal to break the daylight fast. On Saturday night (June 25), the Islamic Center of Charlotte is inviting non-Muslims to join them for a meal and to ask questions about Islam, Ramadan and their tradition of fasting. McClatchy

The Islamic Center of Charlotte is inviting non-Muslims to an open house Saturday night that will include a meal and a chance to get to know local Muslims.

It’s Ramadan, the holiest month on the Islamic calendar, and Muslims traditionally gather after sundown each night, often at mosques, to break the daylight fast with a communal meal called “iftar.” During Ramadan, a time of repentance, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk each day. The fast even includes a ban on drinking water – a challenge in these days of 90-plus degree weather.

Saturday’s annual open house at 1700 Progress Lane, off Central Avenue, will begin about 8 p.m. with a breaking-of-the-fast meal that traditionally begins by eating dates. Local Muslims will be on hand to answer questions about Ramadan, Islam and their tradition of fasting. For more details, contact jibrilhough@hotmail.com.

Ramadan this year began June 7 and will end in early July with Eid al-Fitr, the joyful “Feast of Breaking Fast.” Muslims follow a lunar calendar for their holy days.

Muslims believe that Ramadan was the time in the year 610 when Allah (Arabic for God) sent the angel Gabriel to the prophet Mohammad near Mecca and gave him the teachings of the Quran, Islam’s holy book.

Tim Funk

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