Religious and civic leaders gathered Tuesday night to take part in the breaking of the fast for Ramadan at the Masjid Al Huda in Schaumburg.
The iftar -- which traditionally marks the end of the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan -- is an annual interfaith event at the mosque that features recitation of the Quran, a lecture and a q-and-a session and dinner.
Dr. Kahlid Abdus Sami said it's an important event for the Islamic community and its neighbors.
"We invite our neighbors, so that they get to know us," he said. "The fear of the unknown is evaded. There are a lot of misconceptions about Islam."
Ramadan, an annual holiday for Muslims that lasts 30 days and is a time of spiritual reflection, will officially end Monday, July 28.