Iftar

Sunday, June 3

8:00-9:30 PM

St. Paul’s Parish Hall

RSVP requested for food preparation.  Click here to RSVP.

What is an iftar?

For Muslims, Ramadan is a holy month observed by fasting during daylight hours.  The iftar is the traditional “break-the-fast” meal after sunset.  It has become a tradition for many Muslims to celebrate iftars neary every day of Ramadan with family, friends, and other members of the Muslim community.  In addition to the meal there are sometimes special prayers or readings of the Quran throughout the month.  This year, Ramadan falls from May 15 – June 14.  The dates change every year due to the lunar calendar.

How did St. Paul’s become involved?

Some members have St. Paul’s have formed an interfaith dialogue group with other Christians and Muslims.  One of the Muslim families who participates is from Turkey, and they have a tradition of celebrating iftars with their Christian neighbors.  This family approached Jennifer V. and asked if she would be able to help to coordinate iftars at some churches.   The purpose of this iftar is to break bread together with our Muslim neighbors as a show of respect and solidarity.  Despite our different religions, we hold many values and beliefs in common.  We can witness to God’s love for all people through breaking bread together with these friends.  We are thrilled to be hosting this iftar event and forming better relationships with our neighbors.

How do I prepare?

No preparation needed – the Muslim community is bringing the food!  We would appreciate an RSVP (see link above) for the purpose of giving a good estimate for food preparation.  There will also be an informational presentation provided and time for fellowship.

A note from Jennifer: For some, this day might provide a meaningful time to consider fasting.  Fasting is only for those without any health issues.  It can be a time to learn how to deny the desires of the flesh and focus on spiritual matters.  If you’ve never tried it before, you might be surprised at the experience!  It is NOT a requirement to fast to attend the iftar, and the Muslim community did not even suggest fasting.  However, it does seem a good opportunity for me as an educator to remind our parishioners of the spiritual discipline of fasting, which many find both liberating and profound.  Please contact me if you have any questions about this.