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Interfaith iftar held at mosque in Schaumburg

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  • Hafiz Faraaz, left, recites the Quran on Tuesday during an iftar gathering -- the breaking of the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan -- at Masjid Al Huda in Schaumburg. Seated next to him is keynote speaker Iman Abdul Malik Ryan, and at right is Dr. Khalid Abdus Sami.

       Hafiz Faraaz, left, recites the Quran on Tuesday during an iftar gathering -- the breaking of the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan -- at Masjid Al Huda in Schaumburg. Seated next to him is keynote speaker Iman Abdul Malik Ryan, and at right is Dr. Khalid Abdus Sami.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • State Rep. Fred Crespo, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, middle, chats with Khalid Mahmud, left, and Syed Szafer Tuesday evening during an iftar -- which marks the end of the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan-- at Masjid Al Huda in Schaumburg.

       State Rep. Fred Crespo, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, middle, chats with Khalid Mahmud, left, and Syed Szafer Tuesday evening during an iftar -- which marks the end of the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan-- at Masjid Al Huda in Schaumburg.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • State Rep. Michelle Mussman listens Tuesday during an iftar at Masjid Al Huda in Schaumburg.

       State Rep. Michelle Mussman listens Tuesday during an iftar at Masjid Al Huda in Schaumburg.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

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.

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