(Overland Park, KS, 6/8/16) The Crescent Peace Society (CPS) will hold its annual interfaith iftar or fast-breaking dinner on June 11 at the Leawood Community Center.  The goal of the event is to share the experience of opening fast with the community and celebrate the holy month of Ramadan with neighbors and friends. 

"We value the friendship and support of our fellow Americans,” said Ahsan Latif, President of CPS. “In order to dispel misconceptions about our religion and what it is to practice Islam, it is our pleasure to bring people together to break their fast in the spirit of Ramadan.” 

This outreach effort is designed to enhance understanding of the Muslim experience in America and to help Americans of all faiths meet their Muslim neighbors by participating in a complimentary post-fast meal. Guests from all over the Kansas City Area have been invited, including local and state municipal officials, interfaith leaders, professors, activists and law enforcement officials. Expected guests include the mayors of Leawood and Overland Park and several members of the Kansas City refugee community. 

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a special time for Muslims during which they refrain from food, drink, and other worldly pleasures from dawn to sunset daily. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, which serves as a spiritual and physical cleansing of the mind and body respectively. 

WHAT: Crescent Peace Society Annual Interfaith Iftar 

WHEN: Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. with the fast opening at 8:45 p.m.
Oak Room at the Leawood Community Center (lower level of the Leawood City Hall, 4800 Town Center Drive, Leawood, KS 66211
To RSVP please visit crescentpeace.org

The Crescent Peace Society is a Kansas City area interfaith organization seeking to enhance the understanding of Muslim cultures through educational and cultural activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences among people of diverse cultures.  Its mission is to build bridges among faith communities, encourage dialogue, and promote justice and mutual understanding.

 MEDIA CONTACT: Ahsan Latif, President, 913-485-9218, latif.ahsan@gmail.com and Board Member Mahnaz Shabbir, 816-213-2536 and mahnaz@shabbiradvisors.com