Organized by Jerry Pankhurst, professor of sociology, the Ramadan fast will be broken with traditional dates and fruit juices. Brief sundown prayers for Muslims will then be led by Imam Mustafaa Islam from the An-Nur Islamic Center located on Liberty Street in Springfield. The meal will begin at approximately 7:50 p.m.
The observance marks the second time the campus has held an Iftar celebration, which is unique in the way that it links the college and community.
"We are committed to honoring all major faith traditions and tying our college community together with the broader community of Springfield," Pankhurst said.
He has invited community members from two local mosques, one predominantly South Asian and one predominantly African American, to share in the celebration. Representatives from these mosques will lead an informal question and answer session during the meal, which will provide those in attendance an opportunity to share an important Muslim tradition and learn first-hand about Islam and Ramadan.
Written By: Leigh Malach '08
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