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Celebrating Ramadan

Mayor Tom Henry will welcome Muslim Hoosiers next week at the Botanical Conservatory for his fourth annual Mayor’s Iftar. The dinner commemorates the month of Ramadan, which begins on Friday.

Henry is expected to dine with more than 175 local Muslim residents along with Aliya Khan-Chaplin, the interim executive director of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana. While Gov. Mitch Daniels hosts a similar event, Henry was the first Indiana mayor to start such a tradition.

The event is sponsored by the Fort Wayne chapter of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana. It will be 7:45 p.m. July 24.

“We appreciate the Mayor’s openness to embrace the diversity of our great city and to share in the breaking of fast during this important month of Ramadan," Dr. Ahmed Abdelmageed, an alliance board member said in a statement. "As Americans we are proud of the positive role we play in our community and are glad that this is recognized by our public leadership."

The alliance describes itself as a nonprofit group dedicated to connecting Muslim Hoosiers to Indiana’s public leadership, interfaith partners and each other. For more information on the group, people can visit www.indianamuslims.org.

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