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Fort Meade and the National Security Agency hosted an Iftar, the traditional evening dinner when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

The Iftar was held Friday at Argonne Hills Chapel Center.

There were 125 participants at the event designed to create awareness for Ramadan.

Special guests included Denise G. Nooe, a congressional staffer for Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski; Anne Arundel County Councilman District One Peter Smith; Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein; and Garrison Chaplain (Col.) Carl Rau.

FIRST PHOTO: (Right) Imam Fazul Khan of the Islamic Society of the Washington Area prepares to lead the Maghrib before the fast break on Friday night. The Maghrib is prayed just after sunset and is the fourth of five obligatory prayers Muslims must make every day.

SECOND PHOTO: Garrison Commander Col. Edward C. Rothstein speaks Friday at the Iftar meal attended by 125 people.

THIRD PHOTO: Homayara Aziz (right) sits with her children Jannah, 4, (center) and Mahir, 6, before the Iftar dinner Friday night at Argonne Hills Chapel Center. As part of the holy month of Ramadan, the meal broke the day's fast.

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