Ramadan Iftar Dinner in Riverside promotes diversity, harmony

Ramadan Iftar Dinner in Riverside promotes diversity, harmony

A Ramadan Iftar Dinner promoted peace and celebrated diversity earlier this month in Riverside.

  • Sahaba Initiative President Arbazz Nizami addresses guests at the Ramadan Iftar Dinner on Saturday, May 11, at Riverside City Hall. (Courtesy of Omar Elgohary)

  • Former Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge speaks Saturday, May 11, at the Ramadan Iftar Dinner. (Courtesy of Omar Elgohary)

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Hosted by the Sahaba Initiative, the Saturday, May 11, event was at Riverside City Hall and sponsored by Claremont Lincoln University, an online graduate university.

It was attended by volunteers, representatives of nonprofit organizations, civic leaders, clergy and businesses people from across the Inland area.

Sahaba Initiative is a San Bernardino-based nonprofit group that helps the hungry, needy and those who aren’t politically represented. Created after the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, it also works to dispel stereotypes of the Muslim community.

“In today’s political climate, it is important to come together as a community and heal — especially with the type of divisive rhetoric that is prevalent in our own backyard,” Arbazz Nizami, president of the Sahaba Initiative’s board, said in a news release.