CAIR-Chicago’s Executive Director Ahmed Rehab Delivered the Keynote speech today at Advocate Christ Hosptial 2nd annual Iftar. The Iftar (breaking of the fast) is hosted annually by the Association of Muslim Physicians at the hospital since last year. The event brings together Muslim physicians and surgeons with their counterparts from other faith backgrounds for a celebration of diversity and the spiritual ideals of Ramadan.
Rehab spoke about the meaning behind the ritual of the fast and stressed that to understand Islam is to understand the spirit behind the act. Rehab stressed that for Muslims, fasting teaches the soul self-restraint, empathy for the poor, and gratitude to God for the simplest yet greatest of his blessings.