Oklahoma's Muslims to observe holy month of Ramadan

As Muslims throughout the state observe the holy month of Ramadan starting Saturday, many are preparing to share their faith with others through distribution of their holy book and a variety of activities and events.
From Staff Reports Published: June 28, 2014

As Muslims throughout the state observe the holy month of Ramadan, many are preparing to share their faith with others through distribution of their holy book and a variety of activities and events.

Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, begins Saturday. It is one of the five pillars of Islam. 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.

Adam Soltani, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma chapter, said the group has launched a monthlong campaign called “Know the Quran,” similar to the national organization’s ongoing outreach called “Explore the Quran.”

He said the Oklahoma affiliate is offering free English translations of the Quran to the general public.

Soltani said non-Muslims typically express curiosity when they see observant Muslims refraining from eating or drinking at certain times during the month.

He said fliers with instructions about how to get a free copy of the Quran are being distributed and people can go to the organization’s website to request a copy.

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To obtain a free copy of the Quran, as part of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Oklahoma chapter’s “Know the Quran” initiative, go to the organization’s website at www.cairoklahoma.com.

The Islamic Society of Norman’s open house is set for July 5 at 420 E Lindsey in Norman. For more information, call 360-5000.

“Look-in on Ramadan,” a free dinner and program, will be at 6:30 p.m. July 8 at the Islamic Society of Tulsa’s mosque, 4630 S Irvington Ave., Tulsa. For more information, call (918) 638-2670 or go to www.istulsa.org.

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