MPAC-WNY Hosts 6th Annual 'Tent of Abraham' Dinner

August 18, 2011

MPAC joined several religious organizations today to participate in a walk, dialogue and dinner to facilitate interfaith understanding.

The sixth annual “Tent of Abraham” began began on Thursday, August 18th, at 7 p. m. in the Muslim Community Center in Amherst, MA. The event started with a “Walk of Abraham,” in which participants walked 5 miles from North Presbyterian Church and includes stops at Temple Beth Am and Heim School. The walk finished at the center.

“We hope to re-imagine a pilgrimage that can inspire us to experience the spirit and the traditions of Abraham, such as the values of faith, hospitality and mutual respect,” said Dr. Khalid Qazi, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council- the Western New York, “and a reminder to us all that what unites us is far greater than what divides us.”

The Council, in partnership with the Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier, North Presbyterian Church, Temple Beth Am, Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Network of Religious Communities, sponsored the event.

The participants of “The Walk of Abraham,” which took place in Buffalo and other U. S. and European cities, joined others in the “Tent of Abraham” dinner. The interfaith dinner began in 2006 to share the spirit of the Holy Month of Ramadan with the wider community.

Those attending were asked to bring nonperishable food items or make cash donations for distribution to the needy in the community.

Paticipants shared the spirit and the objectives of the event by collecting nonperishable food items and cash donations for distribution to the needy in our community through the Food Pantry of Western New York and Viva La Casa.

-- Marium F. Mohiuddin
Communications Coordinator

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