DEARBORN — Hundreds of guests gathered for dinner and fellowship June 2 in observance of Ramadan – the beginning of the Islamic holy season. Known as iftar, community members gather to break their fast together.
Event organizer, Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmed, said Beaumont-affiliated physicians began the tradition eight years ago to build camaraderie and understanding within the local Muslim and Middle Eastern communities and beyond.
Susan Grant, Beaumont executive vice president and chief nursing officer, served as guest speaker. In a room filled with colorful and familiar traditional Arabic cuisine, Grant shared her appreciation and respect for the Muslim community.
“I deeply respect how the observance of Ramadan through fasting focuses thought and prayer on those who are less fortunate,” she said. “I appreciate the challenges you face when Ramadan is in the summer when the days are long.
“Events such as these show how we at Beaumont are privileged to serve a rich variety of cultures and people.”
Ramadan usually takes place over the course of a month and signifies a time of fasting, reflection, charity support and prayer for the Muslim community. Those who practice the faith abstain from food and drink during daylight hours and break their fast together after sundown.