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Senator Barnes Honored by Edison-Based American Muslim Council

Annual Interfaith Iftar honorable attendees (L to R) Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, Senator Peter Barnes, Shakila Chaudry and Sam Khan, Founder and Chairman of AMCPAC. Credits: AMCPAC
Reverend James Thomas of First Presbyterian Church of Iselin received the AMCPAC Community Service Award. Standing with him is NJ Senator Linda Greenstein. Credits: AMCPAC
AMPAC Board of Directors Member, Ajmal Chaudry addresses the guests at the Annual Interfaith Iftar. Credits: AMCPAC

EDISON, NJ – The American Muslim Council Political Awareness Committee (AMCPAC) based in Edison honored New Jersey Senator Peter Barnes with the Community Engagement Award for his commitment to the South Asian community in New Jersey at the Annual Interfaith Iftar on Tuesday.

AMCPAC is a New Jersey-based organization that promotes Muslim civic participation in the United States of America. The Mission of American Muslim Council is to organize the American Muslim community in all aspects of American life through engagement in public and civic affairs, politics and community outreach.

"American Muslims are part of the fabric of American society,” said Sam Khan, AMCPAC founder & Chairman. “The purpose of this Iftar is for our community to break bread with our Christian, Jewish and Hindu brethren during the month of Ramadan so we can come together to honor those who share our values of community service and working for the good of humanity."

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American Muslims across New Jersey are currently observing the holy month of Ramadan where they fast from dawn to sunset in an effort to empathize with the hungry and homeless across New Jersey.

The Annual Interfaith Iftar brought together people from different faith communities across New Jersey to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan with New Jersey Muslim leaders.

Several local and state elected officials including:

Senator Linda Greenstein

Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin

Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson

Assemblyman Upendra Chivikula

Freeholder  Chalres Tomaro

Freeholder Bilal Beasley

Mayor Brian Levine

Council President Jersey City Rolando Lavaro

Councilman Plainsboro Dr. Nuran Nabi

The AMCPAC Interfaith Iftar was enjoyed by many others as well.

Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together at sunset.

AMCPAC also honored other awardees for their contributions to those in need across the United States:

AMCPAC Community Service Award - Reverend James Thomas of First Presbyterian Church of Iselin for her remarkable dedication to South Asian Community in New Jersey.

AMCPAC Community Service Award - Ghani Khan from American Muslim for Hunger Relief that provides over 40,000 meals every year to those in need across America.

Media Excellence Award - Dr. Inam Ul Haq, Dr. Nuran Nabi and Mian Aziz H.R. Shah of TV Asia.

Indian Business Association (IBA), represented by Mahesh Shah, was honored for their work representing  the concerns of the Asian-Indian community on a local and national level.  

AMCPAC Lifetime Achievement Award - Freeholder Bilal Beasley  for his remarkable work on behalf of the American Muslim community in New Jersey politics.

AMPAC also recognized Asif Jamal of ARY digital TV with Good Business Practice Award.

For more information on the American Muslim Council, go to AMCPAC.

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