The Oklahoma City branch of the Institute of Interfaith Dialog volunteers met with a large group of Epworth Methodist Church, Oklahoma City, at Breaking the Fasting Dinner on Wednesday August 17, 2011.
The event commenced with a presentation about Turkey, and Turkish traditions related with the month of Ramadan. The speaker Ms. Sumeyye, one of the volunteers of the IID, said that the Holy month of Ramadan started with the observance of the crescent of the new moon of the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar, and the fasting began at dawn and lasted until dusk. She also added "Ramadan is the month of blessing, mercy, and forgiveness. It teaches people self discipline and generosity. It also reminds and teaches us the suffering of the poor and the less fortunate." During her presentation she also talked about the Ramadan Drummer, a person who plays drum at night in order to help people wake up for the "sahur" a meal that is taken before the beginning of the fasting.
The presentationwas followed by the show of the song "not of us" which depicted the message of love, tolerance and mercy in Abrahamic Faiths. The guests were served a variety of home-style Turkish food. The Epworth Methodist Church Minister Rev. Deborah Ingraham said that such events contributed the peace and mutual understandingbetween the people of different ethnic and faith background.
The program, which was attended by around forty people, ended with the closing remarks of the participants.