Last month I had the privilege of being invited to a Ramadan “break fast” at the Tucson chapter of the Foundation for Intercultural Dialogue, a moderate Muslim Turkish organization. Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting between sunrise and sunset, during which Muslims focus on introspection and study.
FID’s goal is very similar to that of the Jewish Community Relations Council, of which I’m a board member. Just as the JCRC works for better understanding and relationships between the Jewish population and the larger community, FID is dedicated to helping people understand Islam and to promoting better relationships within the Tucson community.
I strongly recommend that people get to know FID, which attempts to dispel the stereotypes Muslims are subjected to, just as we Jews fight stereotypes directed at us.