Mayor Bill White will host a Ramadan Dinner, marking the seventh year that the City of Houston will host area Muslims during the month of Ramadan. Recognizing that Ramadan is a time for Muslims to come together as a community to attain the best that human kind can offer, Council Member M. J. Khan will once again join Mayor White and local Muslim leaders on Saturday, October 6, 2007 for a brief program, beginning at 6:00 p.m., followed by Iftar (breaking of the fast) with hundreds of area Muslims promptly at 7:07 p.m. Past Ramadan dinners have been hugely successful in gathering together the most influential Muslim leaders in the city with community members from all walks of life. “Ramadan is one way men and women of Houston draw upon their religious experience to build personal character, and judgment that benefits our community as a whole, said Mayor White. “We wish or fellow Houstonians well in this time of spiritual renewal.”
Ramadan is an important month for practicing Muslims because it is a chance to reconnect with Allah. It is a month that allows individuals to purify their mind and soul and to learn from the experiences that come with self-sacrifice. Ramadan requires fasting from dawn to dusk, the hours when the human interaction is the greatest, to mold the lives of its practitioners. Ramadan fasting offers an opportunity for Tazkiyah, – the cleansing of the self – through its disciplinary regimen. On another level, Ramadan offers a unique opportunity for individuals to connect with and provide for those less fortunate. Council Member Khan stated, “The Mayor’s annual Ramadan dinner is a wonderful opportunity for both Muslims and non-Muslims to join together to share in the rich culture and religion of Muslim Americans. It is also a chance for individuals to learn from one another and build a better cross-cultural understanding.”
WHAT: MAYOR’S 7th ANNUAL RAMADAN DINNER
WHEN: Saturday, October 6, 2007 – 6:00 P.M.