FCC | OMN, in partnership with Metro Human Relations Commission, held the 2016 Nashville Community Iftar dinner at Oz Arts Nashville. This event was free and open to the public. Celebrating the traditional breaking of the fast during the holy month of Ramadan, over 300 Muslims and non-Muslim shared a meal together as a part of this event.
The theme of the evening was “American Muslims Serving the Community.” Speakers included: Samar Ali, former White House Fellow (Obama administration), former counterterrorism advisor for U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and third-party mediator to conflicts in Iraq and Syria; Nahla Sahlan, international educator of 25 years and volunteer for Peace Ambassador, U.S.A.; Shrizad Tayyar, local business owner, community activist, and first Muslim elected official in Tennessee; and Jiyayi Suleyman, Nasvhille’s first Kurdish-American police officer.
Mayor Megan Barry gave remarks on the importance of knowing your Muslim neighbor as a part of creating a welcoming and inclusive Nashville community.