Iftar Dinner at Manhattan’s Riverside Church


Date posted: July 10, 2015

Aside from physical needs, it also requires a total commitment of the person’s character and soul to the spirit of the fast. For instance, sharing and caring for one another are the key commitments during this month. In this regard, Peace Islands Institute New York organizes Iftar Dinners every year with different organizations. The idea is to gather people from all cultural and religious backgrounds and make them interact, communicate and share values since this is the month of opportunity to strengthen ties with family and friends in our community.

On June 30, 2015, Peace Islands Institute New York, The Riverside Church, Union Theological Seminary and Interfaith Center of New York organized a wonderful Iftar Dinner at the Riverside Church. The Iftar had more than 250 guests from very diverse cultures and religions. The program began with a welcome speech by Reverend Chloe Breyer and representatives of each organization.

Then, Imam Ibrahim Sayar, Director of the Center for Interfaith Affairs at the Peace Islands Institute was invited to the stage to deliver keynote speech about Food Justice & Fasting. Mr. Sayar mentioned that food justice is an alternative food movement dedicated to issues of social justice as they relate to foods because it involves questions about income, race and other demographics in the context of the availability, safety and nutritional value of food. Mr. Sayar emphasized food justice according to Islam in relation to the month of Ramadan and fasting. He concluded his speech by pointing out why we need to appreciate what we have, not waste, give charity, build empathy with the needy, recycle and distribute the substance that has been entrusted to us by God the Almighty.

Furthermore, Peace Islands Institute presented a video about Ramadan that briefly describes the meaning of Ramadan and how an individual acts while fasting during his/her day. After hearing the Adhan (Call to Prayer), people began to eat and chat over each other. Lastly, people enjoyed listening live Sufi music and watched the whirling dervish.

Iftar-Dinner-at-the-Riverside-Church-1

Iftar-Dinner-at-the-Riverside-Church-3

Iftar-Dinner-at-the-Riverside-Church-2

Source: Peace Islands Institute , July 2015


Related News

Turkish Cultural Center aims to bridge East and West

PAUL GRONDAHL Staff writer MENANDS — The Turks are rising in the Capital Region. In the past six months, Turks have bought a building on Broadway in Menands, renovated it and created the Turkish Cultural Center of Albany with the help of the organization’s first paid full-time employee. Once limited mostly to a few graduate […]

TAA to hold annual Turkic American Convention in Washington

SEVGİ AKARÇEŞME, İSTANBUL The Turkic American Alliance (TAA), the largest national Turkic organization in the US, is to hold its third annual Turkic American Convention in Washington, D.C., on March 12-13 in cooperation with the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON). Prior to the convention, leading policymakers from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan […]

Kimse Yok Mu reaches out to 12,000 families in Palestine

Despite the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government’s removal of Turkish aid organization Kimse Yok Mu’s right to raise money without permission from the Ministry of Interior Affairs, the UN-affiliated aid association is getting ready to deliver meat to 12,000 poor households in Palestine.

Wealthy businessmen spent time with Kurdish poor and Syrian refugees during Eid al-Adha

Thousands of [Hizmet] businessmen and volunteers from Western Turkey spent this year’s Eid al-Adha in East and South East of the country so as to strengthen the brotherhood between Kurdish and Turkish citizens, and extend a helping hand to Syrian refuges. The provinces in Eastern and Southeastern Turkey have significant Kurdish populations. People in these parts of Turkey suffer poverty and various social problems.

Source claims US not probing into Gulenists’ alleged role in Russian ambassador’s murder

No investigation has been launched in the United States in connection with Turkey’s comments of the Gulen movement’s possible role in the Russian ambassador’s murder, a senior US Department of State official told TASS.

GYV discusses respect for sacred values at UN panel

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) held a panel on Saturday on “Respect for Sacred Values” at the United Nations’ Geneva headquarters. Many academics and diplomats showed great interest in the panel, which was held as the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) conducted its annual meetings in Geneva.

Latest News

This notable Pocono resident has been living here in exile since 1999

Logistics companies seized over Gülen links sold in fast-track auction

That is Why the Turkish Government could Pay 1 Billion Euros

ECtHR rules Bulgaria violated rights of Turkish journalist who was deported despite seeking asylum

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences in the Wake of the Western European Floods

Pregnant woman kept in prison for 4 months over Gülen links despite regulations

Normalization of Abduction, Torture, and Death in Erdogan’s Turkey

Turkey’s Maarif Foundation illegally seized German-run school in Ethiopia, says manager

Failed 2016 coup was gov’t plot to purge Gülenists from state bodies, journalist claims

In Case You Missed It

Fuat Avni claims Gülen-inspired schools to be closed due to fabricated auditing standards

Mogadishu Governor visits KYM Headquarters

A Family’s Journey from Turkey and Argentina to San Antonio

AK Party government removing critical voices from state bodies

An iftar dinner by KYM for Thai Muslims

Erdoğan’s Religious Guide Approved Torture And Abuse In Turkey

Reconsidering Gender Equality and Peaceful Societies

Copyright 2021 Hizmet News