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USA: 350 attend community iftar at Milpitas Ahmadiyya mosque


This Ramadan celebration was a time for the community at large to come together and have a discussion about the significance of this month to Muslims around the world.

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By Aliyah Mohammed | June 14, 2017

“Milpitas’ strength is cultural diversity and the event brought out folks from all walks of life.”

During the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Silicon Valley’s annual Ramadan celebration on Saturday at Baitul Baseer Mosque, 926 Evans Road, leaders representing the Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Muslim communities were among 350 community members who joined in opening the fast at sunset, according to organizers.

Representatives from the different faith groups also shared their thoughts about “creating a stronger bond with God and increasing spirituality,” organizers said.

In the lunar month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world abstain from food and drink from before sunrise to after sunset and increase focus on worship, charity and human welfare. This is all in an effort to strengthen their relationship with God.

This Ramadan celebration was a time for the community at large to come together and have a discussion about the significance of this month to Muslims around the world.

The program included a recitation of the Holy Quran, a welcome from Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, an introduction to Ramadan, guest speakers and then the breaking of the fast followed by dinner.

“Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque held a fantastic iftar for the whole community to participate in the breaking of the daily fast during Ramadan. Our city really has one of the best mosque’s in the region,” Mayor Rich Tran, who spoke at the iftar, said this week. “Milpitas’ strength is cultural diversity and the event brought out folks from all walks of life.”

Councilman Bob Nunez also attended the iftar, saying he found it to be informative.

“These type of events bring communities closer together through mutual understanding and sharing of beliefs. I look forward to similar gatherings,” Nunez said this week.


-- Aliyah Mohammed | amohammed@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group


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