US Indian Community Hosts Interfaith Iftar in Chicago


HYDERABAD: Bringing together people of all faiths, the Indian community in the United States held an Iftar in Naperville, Chicago. Ashfaq Syed and Suresh Reddy, who have roots in Hyderabad, and Anuja, originally from Mumbai, came together to host Iftar on April 25 for residents of the Naperville community.
More than 75 people from different faiths attended the Iftar. Swami Ishatmananda, minister responsible for the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago, community leaders from Palatine Gurudwar, Pastor Larry Bullock and Azam Nizamuddin spoke about unity, harmony and understanding each other’s culture and faith.
“It was about unity and the message was that we are all a community of people who respect each other and sail together. The objective was well served as the religious leaders spoke and emphasized the love and respect for each other.
These initiatives will be continued. “Our desire and intention is to continue a thoughtful conversation and build lasting bridges between people from all communities,” Ashfaq Syed said.
The Islamic Center of Naperville, which Ashfaq Syed is also associated with, hosted an Iftar dinner with the Aurora, Illinois, police department. “Thank you very much for your support! We appreciate that!” the Aurora Police Department said in a tweet on April 27. The Iftar dinner was organized by the ICN Civic Engagement Committee to express gratitude to the police.
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