Report by Muhammad Ahmad, Detroit
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Rochester Hills, Michigan welcomed neighbors, interfaith leaders, public officials and the community members at their Mosque to socialize and enjoy the iftar dinner on June 2, 2018.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Rochester Hills, MI Chapter held their 6th Annual Ramadhan Iftar Dinner at Masjid Mahmood located at 1730 W. Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills.
Council President, City of Rochester Hills, Mark Tisdel along with his wife, Haley Stevens candidate for the Michigan’s 11 District, Padma Kuppa State Representative candidate for District 41, Nasy Sankagiri, Chair – Outreach Committee, Bharatiya Hindu Temple of Troy, MI , Troy Interfaith, Theosophical Society of Michigan, Oakland University students and staff and Henry Ford College students and staff were among the attendees.
The Sixth Annual Ramadhan Open House and Dinner on June 2nd is a continuation of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s efforts of peace and harmony among communities. The event provided the first-hand opportunity for guests to understand and learn about the month of Ramadhan, its significance and purpose.
“Ramadhan is a month of patience, charity and caring for the needy and the poor among us,” said Imam Shamshad Nasir of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Rochester Hills, “The entire community engages itself in daily prayers, giving charity and helping other during this month. When you don’t eat or drink from dawn to sunset, you realize the sufferings of those who go without food for many days.”
President Jama’at Dr. Mansoor Qureshi welcomed guests and the Jama’at members. He then gave a brief introduction of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and later recognized guests in attendance at the event.
Imam Shamshad Nasir of the mid-west region started his Dars-ul-Quran as part of his regular and daily activity. He started off with details on the fundamental pillars of Islam and described fasting as one of the five pillars of Islam. He then elaborated the details and background of the month of Ramadhan that the Holy book Quran was revealed to the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) during the month.
He explained “Islam has five fundamental pillars, and fasting is one of them. Fasting is mandatory upon every adult Muslim man and woman. Fasting has been mentioned before the advent of Islam, however, it was prescribed in its complete form by Islam. The Holy Quran describes the purpose of fasting in the following words “so that you may become righteous” 2:184.
Fasting is not merely staying hungry and thirsty; rather its reality and its impact can only be gained through experience. This is a month of patience, sympathy, empathy and helping the poor and the needy people of the society.
The sick, the one in the journey, the children, the elderly, those who are unable to keep the fast, pregnant women, and suckling mothers are exempted and can complete the count later.
The Holy month of Fasting is very closely associated with the Holy Quran. This is the month during which Almighty God started the revelation of the Holy Quran to Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as is mentioned in the Holy Quran “the month of Ramadhan is that in which the Quran was sent down” 2:186
The Muslim fasts for the whole month of Fasting for the sake of God and His happiness. At the end of the month of Fasting, at the occasion of Muslim Festival (Eid), they prostrate in front of their Lord in thankfulness and to show their happiness.
At the end of the program guest asked many questions as what is the Sharia law, why women pray separately, etc.Imam shamshad said that sharia is Arabic word, you can understand that it means construction which each Muslim has to fallow in his/ her daily life. As for as Muslim women and men separate it is totally for the modesty, as Jews and Christian were also doing 100 years before now they don’t fallow their own teachings.
After the Q&A session, gusts and members proceeded to the hall for the Iftar. Later dinner was served after the prayers and guests and members enjoyed a delicious meal while socializing with the guests.
More than 80 outside guests attended the event and showed a great deal of interest and many new contacts were made. May Allah reward all the volunteers who worked very hard to make the event a success. Ameen.
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