Masjid-e-Ali Mosque Hosts Community At Iftars

Members of the Masjid-e-Ali mosque sit down for their Iftar on May 20.

Members of the Masjid-e-Ali Mosque on Davidson Avenue are in the middle of celebrating their holy month of Ramadan and, as they do each year, they have issued an open invitation to the community to share their nightly meal, or Iftar.

The Ramadan celebration this year began on May 6 and will last through June 4. During that time, Muslims must fast starting at 4 a.m. until about 8:30 p.m., after their evening prayers.

The Iftar is the fast-breaking meal held each evening.

Joining the mosque’s congregants for the May 20 Iftar were state Assemblyman Joe Danielsen, Mayor Phil Kramer and Darren Russo, a retired Franklin Township Police Lieutenant and Democratic candidate for Somerset County Sheriff.

“This is a great reminder that every day, in God we trust,” Danielsen told the adults and children as they sat down for their dinner. “You’re in the beautiful community of Franklin Township, Somerset, where our town is filled with love and tolerance, schools and families and children. If you don’t feel at home, then come to Franklin and you will feel at home.”

“Look no further than the street that we are on, it is filled with churches, mosques, temples and schools,” he said. “That’s not by accident. We designed it that way, because we started with God and we started with love.”

“You are my brothers and sisters, you are my sons and daughters and my children are your sons and daughters,” he said. “As we come into what we call in political terms, the crazy season, I’m just going to ask you to ignore the political nonsense and stay focused on what is important, God, family community, do your homework and be happy.”

Kramer thanked the congregation “for what it has done to teach me about Islam.”

“I knew very little about it, it was this thing that I knew, I was never afraid of it, it was just an unknown,” he said. “And Alex (Kharazi, a member of the mosque’s board) and the entire mosque has reached out to me and I feel so much at home and I have learned so much from you, I am richer by you.”

“Someone said, diversity tastes good, because we get to eat each other’s food,” Kramer said.

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