The 5th Annual Memphis Interfaith Dinner (Celebrate Iftar)

Ah yes, once again Ramadan is upon us. I would encourage everyone to attend at least one Ramadan service in their life, preferably with a Muslim friend (or two) who can explain what is going on and why.

Growing up Muslim in the Memphis area wasn’t always easy, especially during the month of Ramadan, but it was a rich and fulfilling experience.

When you practice a faith that your friends, classmates and sometimes even your teachers are largely unfamiliar with, it can create some funny moments.

One day at Riverdale Elementary, a close friend asked me why I was absent on the previous day, which happened to be Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

I explained, and he responded: “So, wait … Muslims are not Christian?”

via Guest Commentary: Ramadan can be time for teachable moments » The Commercial Appeal.

INTERFAITH DINNER

What:The 5th Annual Memphis Interfaith Dinner — “Serving Thy Neighbor.”

Why: Hosted by the Muslim Society of Memphis to celebrate iftar, the evening meal to break the fast, held every night during the holy month of Ramadan.

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 7.

Where: The Great Hall,

1900 S. Germantown Road.

For more information, call (901) 878-2047.

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