By Abdus Sattar Ghazali
American Muslim Voice hosts its annual Iftar dinner on August 11. The dinner was held at residence of the Founding Executive Director, Samina Sundas, in Palo Alto
The annual feast attracted a large number of people belonging to various faiths. Interfaith leaders from a number of groups attended the event. These groups included Multi-faith Voices for Peace and Justice and Silicon Valley Inter-religious Council,
Officials from the Asian Law Caucus and Korematsu Center, as well as Kansen Chu member of the San Jose City Council attended the event.
The AMV received RSVP for 32 people for the iftar dinner but more than 70 guests graced the occasion.
SF Bay Area’s prominent civil rights activist, Reshma Inamdar, and Syed Abdi from the SABA Islamic Center, San Jose, briefed the audience about the significance of the holy month of Ramadan. They pointed out that the fasting doesn’t mean only to refrain from food and water but it has a deep meaning. The fasting, they added, includes abstaining from any falsehood in speech and action, abstaining from any ignorant and indecent speech, and from arguing, fighting, and having lustful thoughts.
The objective of holding the annual AMV interfaith Iftar was to remove misunderstanding caused by the negative propaganda about Islam and Muslims. The AMV Executive Director, Samina Sundas, believes that the best way to remove misunderstanding is to practice Islam in public.
The guests from different faiths witnessed the call (Azan) for maghreb (sunset prayer) by Junaid Sheikh from the Islamic Circle of North America and Northern California Islamic Council. Syed Zafar Mohsin, AMV President for Northern California, led the maghreb prayer watched by the guests eagerly.
Speaking on the significance of the interfaith Iftar, Syed Mohsin said that the American Muslim Voice Foundation was founded in July 2003 by American Muslims to work for and with all Americans. “We work with Muslim, multi-faith and community organizations, groups and individuals who share our vision of a peaceful, harmonious and inclusive world.” He said the AMV is successful in its mission as you can see attendance in the iftar by multi-faith and multi-ethnic groups.