Several programs arranged over the weekend had the common theme of reaching out to others, community building, and charity.
On Saturday, the Ahmadi community of the Silicon Valley arranged a big iftar dinner and invited people from various faiths.
The invitation read thus:
"IFTAR DINNER INVITATION
Please join the Ahamdiyya Muslim Community, Silicon Valley for our annual Iftar Dinner during the month of Ramadhan.
Ramadhan, the holy month of fasting and spiritual renewal for Muslims, commenced August 11. Muslims around the world will abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset and increase focus on worship for 30 days in an effort to strengthen their relationships with God.
Ramadhan holds special meaning for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Silicon Valley members this year. The community, despite its peaceful and progressive values, has faced bitter persecution—which climaxed in May when terrorists opened fire on two mosques of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Lahore, Pakistan. Despite these and other hardships, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community around the country are determined to look forward.
Date: August 28, 2010 (Saturday)
Time: 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
Baitul Baseer Mosque"