A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice:

51ea1c965af72.imageRamadan isn’t just a time for spiritual growth among Muslims. According to local spiritual leaders, it’s also a time for Islam to create an open dialogue with the community.

On Thursday night, volunteers at the Raindrop Turkish House in Bryan opened their doors to Muslims, Christians, Jews and any other members of the community. About 30 people attended this year’s first open house of Ramadan.

During the event, attendees learned about the Turkish art of paper marbling, what it means to celebrate the holy month and shared an authentic Turkish meal.

“We invite each person. We do not separate anyone,” said Namik Top, a volunteer imam for the center and graduate student at Texas A&M.

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and is celebrated at different times each year. Mehmet Oren, one of the organizer’s of Thursday’s event in Bryan, said he remembers being a child and…

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