FRAMINGHAM – Open Spirit – A Place of Hope, Health & Harmony is hosting a unique multi-faith event for residents of Framingham and surrounding communities.
Breaking the Fast of Ramadan: A Celebration of Multi-Faith Friendship is an opportunity for people of all faiths to share food and learn about Iftar, breaking the fast of Ramadan.
The event will take place on Tuesday, June 6 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
“Ramadan is a very special month for over 1.6 billion Muslims throughout the world,” said Shaheen Akhtar of the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland. “It is a time for inner reflection, devotion to God, and self-control.” Muslims fast every day of Ramadan from dawn to sunset. Iftar most often involves families and communities coming together to share the joy of breaking their fast.
“It is important for people of diverse faiths to come together in the spirit of friendship and understanding to learn about each other’s sacred traditions,” said Rabbi Katy Allen, Coordinator of The One Earth Collaborative, a project of Open Spirit. Allen will begin the event by leading a meditative “standing on sacred ground” circle.
Following the opening circle, participants will hear from several members of the local community who are fasting for Ramadan. They will share their personal stories of the impact fasting has on their lives and their faith.
At sundown, breaking the fast will begin, followed by evening prayers and a communal meal.
Participants who are fasting are invited to come as guests of Open Spirit.
Other participants are encouraged to bring a vegetarian food item or non-alcoholic beverage to share. RSVPs are appreciated—please visit www.openspiritcenter.org.