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Muslim Public Affairs Council to Hold Inter-Faith 'Solidarity Walk' This Week

AMHERST, N.Y. -- The Muslim Public Affairs Council Western New York Chapter (MPAC-WNY) in partnership with the Islamic Society of the Niagara Frontier, North Presbyterian Church, Temple Beth Am and Westminster Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a one-mile, four-mile and a five-mile "solidarity walk" in conjunction with its fifth-annual Tent of Abraham event, this Thursday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m.

The Abraham’s Walk program was stimulated by the Abraham Path Initiative developed by the Global Negotiation Initiative at Harvard University. “Abraham Walks” are taking place in various U.S. and European cities. The Western New York five-mile walk will start at North Presbyterian Church located at 300 North Forest Road in Williamsville, include a stop at Temple Beth Am (where the four-mile walk begins) and Heim School (where the one-mile walk begins), and finishes at the Islamic Center (745 Heim Road, Amherst) where walkers will join the “Tent of Abraham” event with dinner.

MPAC-WNY established the “Tent of Abraham” in 2006 to share the spirit of the Holy Month of Ramadan (Month of Fasting) with the Western New York community.

"We share the spirit and the aims of the event by collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations for distribution to the needy in our community," said MPAC-WNY President Khalid J. Qazi in a statement. Food donations are distributed through the Food Pantry of Western New York and the Viva LaCasa. Tax deductible donations may be made to MPAC Foundation and memo for “Tent of Abraham.”

"We also 'break the fast' with the community with a traditional dinner, offered by MPAC-WNY, as a token of our appreciation and friendship to the local religious and faith communities," said Qazi.

A slide show depicting "Ramadan Around the World" is a part of the evening festivities.

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