FORDS, NJ - The American Muslim Council held the 2015 Interfaith Ramadan Dinner on Thursday, July 9.

This 4th annual event brought together more than 1000 people from diverse religious communities across New Jersey to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan with Muslim leaders at Royal Albert Palace, Fords, New Jersey.

The Iftar Party was a significant proof of Peace, Harmony and Diversity under one roof where all the faiths gathered and prayed together and break the fast with Muslims. 

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American Muslims across New Jersey are currently observing the holy month of Ramadan in which they fast from dawn to sunset in an effort to empathize with the hungry and homeless across New Jersey and reaffirm their spirituality. The breaking of the fast at sunset is called the Iftar. 

"American Muslims are part of the fabric of American society, 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," AMCPAC founder & Chairman, Sam Khan said.

As Americans living in a society with various races and religions, we have come to not only coexist with one another, but also to appreciate and respect one another's cultures and ideologies. The American way has been influenced through the advent of much diversity and as such, we as a people have adapted to not simply tolerate others, but to understand and take part in various cultural and religious activities. 

AMCPAC is a New Jersey-based organization that promotes Muslim civic participation in the United States of America.

The mission of the American Muslim Council is to organize the American Muslim Community in mainstream Public Affairs such as civic engagement, party politics, and other forms of community outreach 

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

AMCPAC honored individuals for their contributions to those in need:

Senator Samuel Thomson with the Community Engagement Award for his commitment to and dedication towards the South Asian community of New Jersey.
 
Edison Mayor Thomas Lankey for his community services and dedication towards the South Asian community of Edison Township .

Rev. Kenneth J. Macari of Community Presbyterian Church was honored with the AMC-PAC Community Service Award for his remarkable dedication to South Asian Community in New Jersey.

AMPAC honored Dr. Riaz Ahmed of TV One with the Lifetime Award and the Good Business Practice Award

The program was also attended by clergy, local and state officials including:
 
Elected Officials
  • State Senator Linda Greenstein
  • Assemblyman Pat Diegnan
  • Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin
  • Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski
  • Assemblyman Jamal Holley
  • Middlesex County Freeholder James Polos
  • Middlesex County Clerk Elaine Flynn
  • Middlesex County Sheriff Scott Mildred
  • Somerset Freeholder Brian Levine 
  • Edison Mayor Tom Lankey
  • Old Bridge Mayor Henry Owen
  • Councilman Plainsboro Dr. Nuran Nabi

Foreign Dignitaries

  • Raja Ali Ejaz Consul General of Pakistan, New York
  • Chairman of Overseas Pakistan Capt. Shaheen

Spiritual and Community Leaders

  • Imam Rauf from MCMC
  • Hindu Priest Representative Prachi Makkar
  • Sikh Priest Gyani Harinder Singh Grudhwara Dashmesh Darbar Carteret
  • Rev. Kenneth J. Macari of Community Presbyterian Church
  • Jewish Community Leader Walter Ruby
  • Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh 

AMCPAC also honored other awardees for their contributions to those in need:

Rev. Kenneth J. Macari of Community Presbyterian Church was honored with the AMC-PAC Community Service Award for his remarkable dedication to South Asian Community in New Jersey.

AMPAC honored Dr. Riaz Ahmed of TV One with the Lifetime Award and the Good Business Practice Award.