Iftar events organized by Rumi Forum was recently reported on two Washington,DC based newspapers, namely, The Washington Post and The Washington Times.
Emre Celik doesn’t have to imagine. The president of the Rumi Forum, a Turkish interfaith organization, attends an Iftar dinner almost every night during Ramadan. The group, along with the Turkic American Alliance, hosted a dinner for government officials, diplomats and other guests on June 18, the first night of Ramadan. Since then, Celik has either hosted or been a guest at interfaith Iftar dinners all over the Washington area.
“In a post 9/11 America, Muslims have felt a little isolated,”
Emre Celik, the president of Rumi Forum, said. “Our programs of bringing members of the D.C. community into Turkish-American homes helps overcome the possible ignorance that may exist through engagement and dialogue. And sharing a meal is a great venue for this.”