Prayers in the Face of Violence

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A Multi-faith prayer service was held on Tuesday April 30th at Clifton United Methodist Church led by members of the Sri Lankan community, African-American United Methodists, the Jewish community and interfaith partners. This community united their hearts in prayer expressing the same sadness over of the growing acts of violence against people of faith from Christian Congregations in Louisiana and Sri Lanka to in the Jewish community in San Diego as well as Muslim communities. Many more have been impacted by the anxiety that such violence creates, are grieved by the losses of lives and sacred space, and are heart-sick by the suffering caused to those injured and those left to pick-up the pieces. See more.


Muslims, locally and globally, prepare to start Ramadan — Press Release

West Chester, OH: The Islamic blessed month of Ramadan starts with the sunset Sunday night, May 5th, and a special night prayer. Muslims throughout the world observe a total fast from dawn till sunset during Ramadan, starting May 6th and fasting through June 3rd, with the Eid al-Fitr holiday being on Tuesday June 4th. They strive to renew themselves spiritually, with added emphasis on prayers, recitation of the Holy Qur'an, sharing Iftar (end of the fast) meals as a community and providing charity to the needy. A special food drive titled Sharing the Spirit of Ramadan, Ramadan Coupons for groceries and many serving of Iftar meals at various locations are orchestrated throughout the month to serve and support those in need in our Greater Cincinnati regional community. The Islamic Center's Rahma Social Services group will also be hosting a Donation & Free Shopping Day to help in preparation for Ramadan and the Eid holiday. 

##Media & Interfaith Friends##

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As part of the festivities for the Muslim blessed month of Ramadan, the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati will be hosting community leaders of various faiths at an Interfaith Iftar on Sunday the 12th of May, 2019. Besides a shared meal for breaking the daylong fast at sunset, a brief guided tour of the Center will be offered at 7:00 pm followed by a brief program before the Iftar meal. The event is by invitation and you as Media colleagues, with guest, are cordially invited to attend this or any other events you would be interested in.
To RSVP, please reply to the Eventbrite.com online invitation, email at info@icgc.us or call the office 513-755-3280. Please continue to visit our website and Facebook page for more updates on news and events. We look forward to seeing you at the Islamic Center during the month of Ramadan, God willing. We wish our fellow Muslims in America and across the world "Ramadan Mubarak" and wish for a peaceful summer for everyone. 

We encourage our regional media to engage with us on Ramadan stories of local Muslim Americans.


WINCS Interfaith Event: What We Offer

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On April 28, 2019, the Women’s Interfaith Network of Cincinnati Suburbs (WINCS) presented a program called “What We Offer”. This was held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Loveland, Ohio. The program featured many ethnic and religious groups and was free and open to the public. Our first offering were three girls who presented Mexican dances that show the traditions of Mexico. Next we had two Jewish singers who sang songs they had written about peace. We then had Nigerian drummers and dancers that offered folk songs and dances that are used for weddings and coronation ceremonies. The Gajdi Jawani dance group entertained with the style of dance: the Bhangra which is from the Punjab region of India. Then an Native American flute player entertained with songs from Cherokee and Sioux tribes. We then heard a Bosnia Muslim story teller who shared her escape from Bosnia and immigration to the U.S. and assimilation here. Our program was rounded out with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints choir from the north east suburbs of Cincinnati. We did take up a free will offering to benefit NEST which is a mobile learning center located in Loveland and begun by Evangeline DeVol. This outreach provides nutrition, tutoring and academic interventions for low-income children in the Loveland area from K-12 grades after school and for early learners in the morning.  The program ended with ethnic treats and fellowship.