Meal, Prayers Shared by Faith Groups

October 11, 2006

Author: Geoffrey D. Brown

Source: The Frederick News-Post

An interfaith dialogue among Muslims, Christians and Jews is gaining momentum almost two months after the Frederick County Islamic community's spiritual leader called for increased religious tolerance.

The Islamic Society of Frederick welcomed people of all faiths Monday at a community dinner breaking Ramadan fast.

About 65 non-Muslims, including Jews and Christians of diverse denominations, joined the congregation for prayers, dinner and dialogue.

The Islamic congregation invited non-Muslims to the iftar, or fast-breaking dinner, as part of an effort to reach out to the community.

Imam Yahya Hendi in mid-August called for a dialogue among Muslims, Jews and Christians in the midst of a month-long war that flared up between Israel and Hezbollah irregulars in Lebanon. That war destroyed much of Southern Lebanon's infrastructure and drove many Israelis in the north from their homes.