Local Muslims Celebrate Ramadan at Mayor's Iftar

By John W. Davis

August 17, 2011 Updated Oct 21, 2013 at 9:27 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) About 100 Muslims celebrated Ramadan in downtown Fort Wayne.

The 3rd Annual Mayor's Iftar took place Wednesday night at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory.

Iftar is an Arabic word that means evening meal.

Ramadan is the holiest month on the Islamic calendar, because it is the month that Allah revealed the Quran to the prophet Muhammad.

During that month, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

The sun set at 8:37 p.m. Wednesday night.

However, before eating, attendees went outside, turned east towards Mecca and prayed to Allah.

Ramadan is a month meant for spiritual and physical cleansing.

"It's to build character. Helps us feel how the poor feel and makes us into better human beings," said Muslim Alliance of Indiana Fort Wayne Chapter Dr. Zubair Khan.

"Especially with what's going on in Somalia, with the famine. It makes understand what's going on in the other part of the world," Khan said.

An Iftar, marks the evening meal where the daily fast is broken.

Wednesday's event was sponsored by the Muslim Alliance of Indiana.

The group has been active in Fort Wayne for the past three years.

Ramadan began August 1st.

Ramadan will end on August 30th.

Muslims will mark the end of Ramadan with a three-day feast called Eid-Al-Fitr.

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