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Harford Muslims to host community Ramadan fast breaking dinner July 11

Masjid Al-Falaah Harford County Education Society is again inviting people of all faiths to join members of the local Muslim community for a traditional Ramadan iftar, or fast breaking dinner, on Saturday, July 11.

The community iftar will begin at 8:30 p.m. at Masjid Al-Falaah's center, 3014 Philadelphia Road in Abingdon.

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"As more than 1 billion Muslims worldwide celebrate Ramadan by fasting and appreciating the blessings given to us, it is equally important for the American Muslim community to reach out to our neighbors as an example of true Islamic ideals," Dr. Rehan Kahn, of Masjid Al-Falaah, said. "We are here to show our friends and neighbors that American Muslims will continue to be contributing members of our society."

There are approximately 150 Muslim families living in Harford County, according to Kahn, who noted there are 7 million Muslims living in the United States.

Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from the break of dawn to sunset, Kahn explained.

The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God's commandments. Along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca, fasting is one of the "five pillars" of Islam, he said.

The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called "Eid ul-Fitr," or Feast of the Fast- Breaking, on July 17.

The public is welcome at the July community iftar, and there is no charge to attend. RSVP by July 10 to Dr. Rehan Kahn at 202-236-7338 or alfalaah7@gmail.com

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