More than 400 people broke bread together in celebration of the Islamic month of Ramadan at the annual Interfaith Iftar (breaking of fast) on May 15.
The event was hosted by the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS) in Redmond and the theme of the program was, Hope Against Hate and Hurt.
The program included a panel discussion by speakers Theresa Crecelius, Imam Abdirahman Kariye, Fauzia Lala, most who have directly been hurt by anti-Muslim hate incidents but who still find hope and resilience in their faith.
“At a time when there is so much hate and hurt, we strive to focus on the hope, optimism, resilience that our faith teacher, and help share the spirit of Ramadan with the entire community,” Crecelius said in a press release.
During the panel, MAPS American Muslim Empowerment Network’s executive director Aneelah Afzali said it’s all about taking action against hate.
“Taking action absolutely transcends any faith tradition,” she said. “You could be an atheist but we need you here. We need all of us to stand together to stand united and take action.”