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Iftar Invites for Da'wah- CAIR has made it easy for us!By Humanitarian
Iftar would be a good time to not only invite Muslims but non-Muslims. Food is a universal common lure : ) With such incredibly prevalent negative views of Muslims bombarded in the media, we can tell them something unique, and non-threatening about us. Something they would have a positive curiosity about.
If you are interested in inviting non-Muslims to your iftar at home or at work, CAIR has put together a package. They intended a larger gathering at a masjid with publicity, but I think we can use this package to suit our own capabilities. You can print the CAIR hand- out information about Ramadan for them. It is a good opportunity for them to ask you questions about something as non-controversial (phew) as Ramadan : )
The CAIR website is:
Specifically pages 7-11 could be used as handouts that you can leave in a pile for people to pick up IF they are interested (they will be).
You have to judge for yourself the situation at work, ie can you reserve a room at iftar and have food catered, announce it to people several days before, and then leave this handouts on the table without 'any issues'? Or is it too sensitive to have something semi-religious at work, and would you do it better without hassle OUTSIDE of your work, ie. at home, the masjid, reserved room elsewhere... There are countless opportunities but there is not much time left in Ramadan.
Remember, we may be the only Muslims your friend, co-worker etc ever interact with! If each of us brings 'Izlam and Moslems', this esoteric religion and people they hear about misconstrued in the media, 'home' to people who we interact with everyday, it could go a long way towards breaking down misperceptions and creating not only tolerance, but being welcomed inshallah.
CAIR has really made things easy for us, alhamdulillah by going through all the effort to put this together. Now we just have to take it out to our community.
For those who want to know more about the great work CAIR is doing for us, and want to donate online, their website is cair-net.org
Remember when coordinating and preparing for iftars etc, let it not distract us too much for our main objective in Ramadan which is to take advantage of the extra blessings offered in this special month. We should not be preparing at the risk of missing prayers. There is reward in feeding others in Ramadan in the way of iftars, but we shouldn?t excessively spend time in cooking etc b/c the precious hours of Ramadan will slip us by. Everything must be done with balance.