An Iftar in Bay Ridge

Yasmin Abdelsalam and Suzanna Moustafa handing out dates. (Photo by Arthur de Gaeta via Brooklyn Reporter)

Public officials and other local leaders hosted the first community iftar on May 11 at Owl’s Head Park in Bay Ridge, home to a large Muslim population, reports John Alexander for Brooklyn Reporter.

State sen. Andrew Gounardes, Council member Justin Brannan and a representative for Congressman Max Rose – all of whom represent the southwest Brooklyn neighborhood – joined residents for prayers and a meal.

Ramadan commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Mohammed according to Islamic belief. While observing Muslims abstain from eating or drinking during the day, the Iftar meal ends their Ramadan fast at sunset. Saturday’s event included evening prayers and a feast at Owl’s Head Park for all to enjoy.

This marks the first time elected officials in southern Brooklyn have hosted an event to break the fast during the month of Ramadan.

Go to Brooklyn Reporter to read remarks from the public officials and see which local businesses donated to the feast, and for more photos.

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