Oklahoma City-area Muslims share customs during Ramadan
Oklahoma City-area Muslims share their culture and faith with non-Muslims at special dinners during Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
Two iftar dinners in as many days.
This is nothing new for Muslims who are observing Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
During Ramadan, observant Muslims abstain from food, drink and sensual pleasures from sunrise to sunset. The iftar is the meal in which Muslims break their fast at sunset.
Gatherings have multiple purposes
The iftar dinners I recently attended were interfaith gatherings held by metro-area Muslims who use the get-togethers to share their faith and cultural customs as well as to invite people of other faiths to share their perspectives as well.
The Institute of Interfaith Dialogue's annual Dinner of Abrahamic Traditions was held Tuesday at the Raindrop Turkish House of Oklahoma City, and the Oklahoma State Capitol Interfaith Iftar Dinner was Wednesday on the second-floor rotunda at the Capitol.
One of the highlights of each meal was, of course, the breaking of the fast.
But before dinner, attendees feasted on spiritual food, the kind that opens one's eyes to different viewpoints and traditions.
Guests listened intently as a panel of Muslim, Jewish and Christian spiritual leaders talked about the role that fasting plays in their respective faith traditions.
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