`Taste of Islam' dinner for Ramadan to be at WMC

November 25, 2001

Western Maryland College's "Taste of Islam" will feature a traditional Ramadan dinner Wednesday.

The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Englar Dining Hall. Tickets are $15 for non-WMC students, faculty or staff. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

"First, we will break the fast in the traditional manner by eating a date and drinking water," said Mohamed Esa, a professor of German and adviser of the Multicultural Student Association.

During Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. The fast includes refraining from drinking liquids. The daily fast is broken at sunset with a meal called iftar.

Muslims also eat a light meal or suhur about two hours before sunrise. The month of Ramadan was chosen for the annual period of personal spiritual renewal because it was in the last 10 days of Ramadan that the prophet Mohammed experienced his "Night of Power" (Laylat ul-Qadr), during which he received revelations from Allah that were to become the Quran, said Esa.

Tickets: Mohamed Esa: 410- 857- 2462.

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