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Roswell Community Masjid Hosts Ramadan Open House

City and religious leaders gathered at the local Muslim worship center Sunday, Aug. 5.

Roswell leaders were welcomed to (RCM) last Sunday, Aug. 5, for an open house observing the Islamic calendar's Ramadan.

As a month of fasting between sunrise to sunset, Muslims use Ramadan as a time to seek a spiritual connection with god, their family and the community. The latter was behind the reason for RCM opening its doors to locals last weekend.

Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and Attorney General of Georgia Sam Olens were joined at the open house by members of the Roswell faith community such as Dr. Lane Alderman of Roswell Presbyterian Church and Rabbi Fred Greene of Temple Beth Tikvah. Alderman asked intriguing questions about Islam and Muslims today, while Greene seemed impressed with the center's community outreach projects, stated a recent RCM press release.

RCM's Administrator Bassem Fakhoury gave guests a tour of the complex, which was followed by a detailed presentation from the Islamic Speakers Bureau's Alan Howard. The event allowed for an open dialogue and discussion between the represented faiths during the Q&A portion of the presentation.

Julia Brock, a world religions professor at Kennesaw State University, was drawn to the values of the center and is planning to partner with RCM in doing a presentation for her class, according to the release.

Being one of the most progressive masjid in the metro Atlanta area, RCM follows a mission statement of collaboration in youth focused activities, social services and interfaith activities, which they say have made them respected by neighboring muslim and non-Muslim institutions.

Rabbi Fred Greene August 12, 2012 at 01:36 AM
It was a great pleasure to be a guest at this worthwhile gathering. It was a warm welcome and I appreciated the candor of our conversations and the hope that we all share. This gathering was in between two tragedies -- the attack against a Sikh community and the arson attack against a mosque in Joplin, MO. It was affirming to be a part of an interfaith community that advances tolerance and hope. To our friends at RCM, thank you for inviting me. Wishing you a Ramadan Mubarak.
Laura Perkins August 14, 2012 at 08:57 PM
It's so wonderful when all faiths can get together and respect each others traditions and beliefs. It's a blessing that we have this Mosque so close by. It brings people together and helps get rid of this HATE people have because some one looks different. May God bless you all for making a difference!

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