St. Petersburg plans to host an iftar dinner on June 14 as a celebration of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, but the city hopes people from all faiths will come. Iftari is the meal Muslims enjoy when the conclude their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.
“Now more than ever, we must be expressive in our love and respect for people of all faiths,” Mayor Rick Kriseman said. “I am excited to bring the community together to honor our Muslim brothers and sisters.”
The event, announced by Kriseman and Muslim leaders from throughout the Tampa Bay area, will take place at St. Petersburg's Coliseum.
“We know that breaking bread together helps a community work together for a common cause, and so we thank Mayor Kriseman and his team for their leadership in ensuring that the sun shines bright on all residents and faiths in St. Petersburg,” Abdul Karim Ali, president of the Tampa Bay Area Muslim Association, said.