Faiths Unite at Ramadan Dinner

September 17, 2008

Author: Raymond Carlson and Greta Stetson

Source: Yale Daily News

On Tuesday evening, Commons Dining Hall was transformed into something “between Hogwarts and Medina,” in the words of Eboo Patel, the keynote speaker at Yale’s seventh annual Ramadan Banquet.

Nearly filling the room to capacity, more than 500 Yale students, faculty and staff and New Haven residents crowded into the temporary sanctum to celebrate the holiest time of the year for Muslims during an event co-hosted by the Muslim Students Association and the Chaplain’s Office.

Ramadan commemorates the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Mohammed and requires fasting during daylight hours throughout the ninth month of the Islamic calender. University Chaplain Sharon Kugler said the Chaplain’s Office has long hoped to host Patel, the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based organization that brings together young people of different religions to perform service projects together.