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.