Come join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Ethnic Health Institute for the very first Samuel Merritt University Ramadan Iftar Dinner Celebration.
Learn about the importance of Ramadan from our special guest speaker Imam Zaid Shakir.
Imam Zaid Shakir is a Muslim American scholar and co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California and the Lighthouse Mosque in Oakland, CA. He teaches courses on Arabic, law, history, and Islamic spirituality.
He is co-founder and chairman of United For Change, whose stated goal is to leverage the diversity of the Muslim and interfaith community and address divisive obstacles. He is one of the signatories of A Common Word Between Us and You, an open letter by Islamic scholars to Christian leaders, calling for peace and understanding.
What is Iftar?
The Iftar, or the breaking of the fast, is one of the most significant points in the day during Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. Observing Muslims will abstain from all food and water from dawn until sunset. At community gatherings, the Iftar is an opportunity to educate and create an inter-faith experience with delicious food, friends, and conversations.
Iftar Dinner Celebration will follow after the program
Date: May 17, 2018
Location: Health Education Center Bechtel Room
Address: 400 Hawthorne Ave., Oakland, CA 94609