Sharing in lftar with Shia Muslims

ON 22ND JULY Concord members were invited to attend the Baab-ul-Ilm Islamic Centre for their annual interfaith dinner, or communal iftar (breakfast). This has become a regular invitation extended to Concord, with the Baab always delivering a warm welcome and excellent hospitality. This year’s event proved to be no different. For members who have never visited, the Baab-ul-llm is a community centre which serves as a mosque located in Moortown. The community was founded by Muslims expelled from Uganda by ldi Amin, and was originally based in Beeston. The congregation aim to create a spiritual and vibrant atmosphere, based on the values of the Islamic Shia lthna-Ashari faith by developing the potential of their members, engaging with the Wider society, and serving the needs of humanity worldwide. The event was a mixture of Quranic recitations, words of guidance and re?ection by Maulana Hadi, the scholar- in—residence, and Rasool Bhamani, the Honorary President, presentations from students of the madrasah, and finally reflections from the various guests of different faiths and offices around the city. Maulana Hadi focused on how the formula of good relations in society is love and respect for all faiths and none. Everyone has a responsibility to maintain cialis online eczane this relation- ship with others and strive for a better society. Rasool’s words centered on how, amidst geopolitical challenges around the World, community development is more important than ever. Different faiths need to come together to make a marked and long—lasting difference to the wider community. Guests, largely from the three Abrahamic faiths, also contributed to the cordial and enriching atmosphere. I took the opportunity to remark on the important contribution made by Muslim soldiers to the Allied war effort in World War One. The meal came two weeks before the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities. Perhaps the highlight of the evening, though, were the insightful and inspirational voices of the young students on the subject of peace and harmony, words that certainly offer hope that the next generation will strive for a world full of cohesion and tolerance. Visitors then convened for the traditional breaking of the fast. As usual, there was plenty to go round and no—one went hungry! Thanks to Rasool, Maulana Hadi, and the whole of the congregation for making us so welcome again. Simon Phillips