As the sun slipped below the horizon on Friday, more than 100 Muslims gathered, filling the back patio at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge. Assembled in neat rows, they raised their hands to their ears.
"Allah Akbar," they intoned — "God is great" — before prostrating themselves, touching foreheads to the ground.
The attendees were there to share prayers and sustenance during the fourth annual Ramadan Interfaith Potluck Dinner, hosted by the Islamic Congregation of La Cañada Flintridge (ICLCF) during the month of Ramadan.
Ramadan, which occurs during the ninth lunar calendar month, began on Aug. 11 and concludes on Sept. 9 with Eid al-Fitr, or the sighting of the new moon. The world's 1.5 billion Muslims observe Ramadan — which marks the month in which the Quran was sent down as a guide for the Muslim faithful — with frequent prayer and by practicing self-purification and self-restraint.