This evening, Mayor James will host Kansas City’s first Annual Iftar, a traditional Islamic dinner celebrating the end of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims worldwide fast from dawn to sunset for thirty days, as an expression of self-restraint, humility, and patience. The fast also brings awareness of those across the world who suffer from hunger and instills civic responsibility to help the less fortunate in own community. Iftar commences at sunset and brings together Muslims from across the community to celebrate Ramadan and the values and people of the Islamic faith.
“I’m honored to start a formal Iftar tradition here in Kansas City. We are a very diverse community and that is an important quality for a sustainable, forward-thinking city to possess. Diversity should be celebrated and this event will help highlight what is great about Kansas Citians – we come from different backgrounds, worship different Gods, and represent a range of values, but we are united in making Kansas City best.”
The event will be held at The Robert J. Mohart Center, located at 3200 Wayne Ave, Kansas City, MO, 64109; doors open at 7:00pm, with a program beginning at 7:30pm. Dinner will be served at 8:25pm. Some of the facilitators of this event include the American Coalition for Good Government, the Kansas City Chapter of the International League of Muslim Women, Al-Inshirah Islamic Center, Masjid Al-Haqq, and Masjid Omar.