Township Council Proclamation Urges Residents To Learn About Ramadan

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Township Councilman Rajiv Prasad, center, reads a proclamation about Ramadan.

The Islamic celebration of Ramadan was acknowledged June 23 by the Township Council.

Councilman Rajiv Prasad (D-At Large), read a proclamation from himself, Mayor Chris Kelly and Deputy Mayor Kimberly Francois and the rest of the council urging residents to learn about the celebration’s “religious and historical significance.”

Ramadan is celebrated as the month in which the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

During the month, which runs this year from June 18 through July 17, Muslims do not eat or drink from dawn to dusk.

Alex Kharazi, a member of Musjid-e-Ali mosque on Cedar Grove Lane, said the proclamation “reflects the value our officials place on diversity and promoting unity.”

“When we fast, we better understand people who are suffering and in need,” Kharazi said. “We also appreciate the blessings that we have, which sometimes we take for granted.”

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