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Grand Annual Interfaith Iftar Dinner at Sugar Land

Imam Tauqer delivering his message at the Iftar funtion in Sugarland

Imam Tauqer delivering his message at the Iftar funtion in Sugarland

SUGAR LAND – As we celebrate the immense interfaith harmony we enjoy in our great city of Sugar Land, Maryam Islamic Center celebrated its annual Interfaith Iftar Dinner on June 16th, 2016, with great success.

The event was arranged by a very dedicated team of Maryam Islamic Center, led by Rehan Laiq, Interfaith Lead MIC, in collaboration with the Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston with Reverend Gregory Han in attendance. Joe Zimmerman, the newly elected Mayor of Sugar Land, was among the speakers of the evening.
The event brought together people of a very diverse faith and religious background. It provided an opportunity for people of many different faiths in the Sugarland area to come and understand the true meaning of Islam and the significance of the holy month of Ramadan.
The program was well conducted by two very dynamic female members: Sister Fatima Loya and Sister Alaa Shwaiki, of the MIC youth group. Some of the keynote speakers included Imam Tauqer of Maryam Islamic Center, Matt Kahn of Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, Ridhwan Saleh, Executive Director Islamic Society of Greater Houston and Joe Zimmerman, Mayor, Sugar Land. Matt Kahn, Associate Director, Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, shed light on the commonalities of the message of peace and harmony inherent to basic tenets of all faiths. Zimmerman spoke of the contributions of the Muslim-American community in the Sugar Land area, in particular, and also in mainstream America. Ridhwan Saleh, ISGH, explained the Islamic Lunar calendar, its differences from the Gregorian calendar and how it impacts the timings of Ramadan each year. Concluding the Program Imam Tauqer delivered a very eloquent message of the essence of Islam being peace and savior of mankind. He offered his condolences for the victims of the tragic events in Orlando and explained how Islam prohibited the unjust murder of innocent human beings. He emphatically rejected the idea of cold blooded murderers, the likes of the Orlando shooter, hijacking the religion of Islam to justify their own psychopathic behaviors. Imam cited many examples of how Islam puts the safety and sanctity of human life above all things important to being a true Muslim. Imam commended the late boxing champ, Muhammad Ali, as being a true ambassador of Islam with a global following.
The event was catered by Fadi’s Cuisine and the food itself presented a topic of great conversation among the guests as it was their first time experiencing Middle Eastern cuisine.


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