Shura Council Holds Sixth Ramadan Interfaith Dinner

 


Rev. Ed Bacon, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi and Shakeel Syed

Anaheim, CA: The Shura Council 6th Annual Ramadan Interfaith Iftar Dinner attracted over 350 prominent guests from Southern California on October 13.
Among the guest speakers from the interfaith leadership were Rabbi Mark Diamond of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, Bishop Jon Bruno of the Los Angeles Diocese and Fr. Alexei Smith representing Cardinal Mahoney of the LA Archdiocese and Rev. Leonard Jackson representing the Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa. The interfaith clergy recognized the critical role that faiths need to play in the pursuit of peace today.

 

Joining the interfaith leadership were Sandra Hutchens, Chief of Homeland Security for the LA Sheriff Department; Stephen Tidwell, FBI Assistant Director Incharge and David Maggard, Police Chief for the City of Irvine who also serves as the President of Chiefs of Police for Orange County. LAPD 1st Asst Chief Jim McDonnell and Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona sent their best wishes and regrets for conflicting schedules.


Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez also joined the celebration with the Muslim leadership from all of Southern California calling her city of Garden Grove a unique experience of American pluralism in the entire country. Also present were staff members of Congresswoman Linda Sanchez and Hilda Solis who presented a proclamation for the Shura Council.

Representatives from many other organizations, such as ACLU, CLUE, UNITEHERE, Orange County Human Relations, Anaheim PD & Garden Grove PD also participated in the Sixth Annual Interfaith Iftar.
Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of the Shura Council in introducing the 2006 Peace Award recipient said, that “the ethical disparities of our society in allocating $550 billion for military defense and a mere $15 billion for ending poverty merits reconciliation.” He added, “Wars are not started in the battlefields but in the heart of someone who believes all lives are not equal and that unless these hearts are repaired there cannot be peace.


A group of guests

Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, the Chairman of the Shura Council, announced the 2006 Peace Award to the All Saints Church of Pasadena, one of the most prominent churches whose social justice work is rooted in true Christian teachings.

Rev. Ed Bacon, the eloquent Rector of All Saints, received the award on behalf of its vestry and congregants and reiterated his community's strong friendship with the Muslim community and the faith of Islam. He also added that pursuing peace is not an option but an urgent imperative.
Sayyid Mustafa Qazwini and Imam Abdul Karim Hassam joined Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi in thanking the guests and encouraging community members to continue neighborly outreach to foster better understanding and love.

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