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South East Queens Muslim Collective, Inc.
Fostering Dialogue, Collaboration & Encouraging Civic Engagement
Br. Musaalih, SEQMC Board Member and Moderator for the afternoon's program greets Councilman Daneek Miller as he arrives at the Iftar.
Councilmember Daneek Miller welcomed everyone to this year's Annual Iftar with greetings of Ramadan Mubarak! The Councilmember's Office has supported the Iftar each year!
Dr. Abdus-Salaam Musa, President of SEQMC, Inc. welcomes all to the 4th Annual Ramadan Community Iftar.
Seating Elected Officials at the Iftar, Br. Musaalih of SEQMC prepares to introduce them.
Borough President Katz and Councilmember Miller share a moment at the Iftar.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz welcomes all and shared remarks about the diversity of Queens while wishing all a happy Ramadan.
Assemblywoman Hyndman returned to the Iftar this year with a warm welcome and greetings for the month of Ramadan.
Dr. Sayeed, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Civic Engagement speaks to Iftar guests about being involved in community activities.
Community Board 12 representative, Carlene Thorbs encouraged all to get to know the activities of the Board and become active in the community.
31st Assembly District Leader Richard David conveys Ramadan greetings and well wishes.
Many organizations sent representatives to give remarks.
Thrive NYC Representative informs all about the important services available via the Thrive NYC initiative.
This guest speaker conveyed the importance of participation in the 2020 US Census.
Before the crowd, those arriving early enjoyed visiting the resource tables at the Iftar.
During the earlier hours of the Iftar, visitors to the park picked up balloons, gifts and got their faces painted.
The Zakat Foundation of America provided an information table.
SEQMC's table provided introductory information about the 2020 US Census and conducted voter registration for upcoming elections in 2019. Get registered!
Under a slight drizzle, guests listened to Iftar speakers.
Listening to the Iftar program until it was time to break the fast.
Families continue to arrive to the Iftar.
Sharing information with those visiting the table or maybe a gift of a toy for a young child.
Imam Aiyub, SEQMC member chatting with brothers at the Iftar.
Children enjoyed having their face or hands painted.
Children waited patiently for their turn to have their face or hands painted.
Councilmember Miller and 31st District Leader Richard David talk with Iftar guests.
Balloons filled Rufus King Park at the Ramadan Community Iftar, 5/11/2019
Organization representatives pictured with SEQMC members.
The Henna table had many waiting as talented sisters created exquisite designs.
Having one's face painted while at the park just seems so natural and special!
Umbrellas came out as a little rain started to fall a short time before breaking fast.
Talented Sisters representing Humanity Services provided henna designs while they enjoyed being at the Iftar.
Br. Tariq's comments highlighted the Iftar's theme: "Breaking Barriers to Solidify Our Communities," which is how we work together for the benefit of the community.
President of SEQMC, Dr. Abdus-Salaam Musa walking through the crowd.
The SUNY-Queens EOC was present distributing information about the tuition-free programs and services offered to eligible Jamaica and NYC residents.
Young and older Iftar guests viewed and obtained information from tables.
With skies growing more overcast, many continued to arrive at the Iftar.
Imam Aiyub, SEQMC Board Member speaks to the spiritual and social meanings of Ramadan reflecting on history and where we are today.
SEQMC Vice-President Br. Bilal distributes bubble blowers and other gifts to children or their parents.
The rain did not deter anyone from enjoying the Iftar. The rain is a blessing.
Hand painting was worth the wait as Sister takes her time carefully painting a little girl's hand.
SEQMC Board Member Br. Musaalih demonstrated the fundamentals of chess to interested youth at the Iftar.
A group photo of SEQMC and co-sponsoring organization members.
Speaking on the rewards of Ramadan, Imam Zaheer provided nasiha for all.
Imam Aiyub and Br. Tariq visit tables and guests at the Iftar.
SEQMC leaders having a moment together at the Iftar.
Face painting was very popular at the Iftar provided by Sisters from ICNA.
Sisters from Humanity Services created beautiful designs in henna on many hands.
Many visited tables at the Oftar.
Ms. Michelle representing SUNY-EOC at the Iftar.
Dr. Musa serves children at the Iftar.
Waiting for the special childrens meal: rice and fried chicken,
Waiting to break the fast.
Br. Maceo shares a special moment with Dr. Musa, one generation to another generation at the Iftar. Br. Maceo never misses an SEQMC event.
Enjoying the tables at the Iftar
After breaking one's fast, Muslims pray the evening prayer called Maghrib when it arrives at sunset.
After breaking fast and making Maghrib prayer everyone begins to depart the Iftar. Ramadan Mubarak.
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