25.06.2014 / For immediate release
Muslims in the UK prepare to welcome people of all faiths to celebrate Ramadan
A new organisation which Human Appeal is proud to be partnering - is encouraging British Muslims to celebrate their month of Ramadan this year by reaching out to people beyond their own faith and community.
The Big Iftar is a national initiative, promoting neighbourliness, strengthening of community relations and sharing. Its aim is to encourage mosques, community centres, places of worship, to come together and share Iftar during Ramadan, by inviting friends and neighbours from different faiths and ethnicities.
Iftar refers to the time when Muslims break their fast each day at sunset during Ramadan.
Faith Minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi said: "This year the Big Iftar will be bigger and better than ever. I'm looking forward to seeing events happening across the country from mosques, synagogues and other places of worship to parks and town centres - bringing together communities of all faiths and none. There is no better way of breaking barriers and forming friendships than by sharing a meal together and Ramadan is the perfect time to reach out to our neighbours and strengthen relationships."
Mustafa Field, Director at Faiths Forum for London said: "We are very pleased to see that Christians, Jews and people from all backgrounds are also joining in the Big Iftar and are inviting their Muslim friends for Iftar at their centres. This hand of friendship to Muslims is significant and very much welcomed at this special time of year".
The campaign has been launched by Faiths Forum from London and MINAB (Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board). Human Appeal is also partnering the Big Iftar.
The Chief Executive of Human Appeal, Othman Moqbel said: "Human Appeal is very pleased to be working with The Big Iftar at the launch and through the whole month. It is important for us that we not only continue our work in other countries but that we have a focus on the UK, our country and home to so many of our donors and supporters."
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