Calls for Unity at Interfaith Iftars in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Judge Carolyn Walker Diallo receives a Citation from Borough Borough President Eric Adams. (Photo by Francesca Norsen Tate via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Brooklyn Civil Court Judge Carolyn Walker Diallo receives a Citation from Borough Borough President Eric Adams at an iftar he hosted at Borough Hall. (Photo by Francesca Norsen Tate via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Iftars held at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue and Brooklyn Borough Hall brought together diverse communities who emphasized unity in the face of hate, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s Francesca Norsen Tate. Iftar is the dinner Muslims eat after fasting during the day for the month of Ramadan, which this year started on June 6.

The Brooklyn Heights Synagogue has hosted the iftar for the congregation of the Masjid Dawood, one of the city’s first mosques, for nine years.

“What we do here is not only a response to the haters in the world, but it also helps a tiny little bit to fix the carnage of these past few days, of those who would invoke God for terrible purposes. When we come together like this, we invoke God, the same God, a merciful, loving God who is present with us,” said Rabbi Serge Lippe of the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, which hosted its Iftar on Tuesday, June 14. “That is one of the most important things we can do here, I think, in Brooklyn. There is no better place in America to be in than Brooklyn. In Brooklyn, we come together and we know that we are friends and we are neighbors. And when we lift our voices up in many languages, in many traditions, we are praying to one God who loves us all.”

The following day, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams hosted an iftar at Borough Hall, a tradition started by his predecessor, Marty Markowitz. Attendees held a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando. Adams honored Muslim leaders for their efforts in bringing people together.

Brooklyn Civil Court Judge Carolyn Walker Diallo, the first Black female Muslim judge in the state who took office at the beginning of the year, spoke about her surprise at a social media post that went viral showing the use of the Quran at her swearing-in ceremony.

(…) “I was a little bit struck when I found myself all over the Internet and the news. If anyone came to the ceremony, [they would see that] we had rabbis, we had imams, we had Baptist ministers…It’s my Constitutional right. If I had it to do all over again, I would. I am not ashamed of who I am,” said Diallo to applause. “We are all people of God,” she added, urging everyone to stay united and get to know one another.”

For more on these iftars, go to Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

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