July 2, 2016, Washington D.C. — Rumi Forum organized its 3rd Annual suhoor program in Washington, D.C Also among the distinguished guests were scholars, government officials, interfaith groups and members of the community.
The program started at 2.00am, with remarks from Emre Celik, President of Rumi Forum, who was pleased by the attendance, thanked the guests for their support in ‘building social bridges between Muslim Americans and the wider community. Galen Carey, Vice President of Government Relations at National Association of Evangelicals expressed the need for developing solidarity among the community, following the recent horrific events in Bangladesh and Turkey. “The Suhoor breakfast is an important contribution to build understanding among our communities”, he continued.
Aziz Ahmad, a congressional fellow discussed about the importance of unity in society. “Ramadan is a time of self reflection and reflection within the community”. He urged for people to advocate for each other and collaborate to create a strong global community.
Suhoor (or Sahur), is a term referring to the meal consumed early in the morning (pre-dawn) by Muslims before fasting during the month of Ramadan. Being the last meal eaten by Muslims before fasting from dawn to sunset during the month of Ramadan, Suhoor is regarded by Islamic traditions as a benefit of the blessings in that it allows the person fasting to avoid the weakness caused by the fast.