History made after iftar hosted during Ramadan

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On 30th May history was made in Romford when the Romford Synagogue hosted an ‘ iftar’ to break the fast on one of the nights of Ramadan.

Members of the Havering Islamic Cultural Centre were joined by the Mayor of Havering Councillor Michael Deon Burton, the Deputy Lieutenant for the borough Colonel Mark Bryant, the London Assembly Member Keith Prince and members of the Havering Interfaith Forum for the occasion.

Short talks were given by Tariq Mahmood vice chairman of both the Havering Islamic Cultural Centre on the meaning of Fasting in lslam, and by Rabbi Lee Sunderland on the similarities of iftar Ramadan and Jewish practice.

It is hoped that this will become an annual event helping to further enhance the ties among Havering’s many diverse faiths.

The fast was broken with dates and water and following an appropriate prayer, a meal was enjoyed by the forty guest who attended.

It is hoped that this very important event for the borough will take place each year to help cement relationships amongst Havering’s multi Faith citizens.

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