On Thursday, 30th March 2023, corresponding to the 8th of Ramadan, the Muslim World League London Office (MWLLO) hosted a multifaith iftar party. The event was attended by distinguished guests from various faith communities, including Sir Iqbal Sacranie, OBE, former Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Councillor Nasim Ali, OBE, the Mayor of Camden, Steven Derby, founder of Interfaith Matters, Revd. Andy Marshall, Chaplain and Interfaith Advisor to the Royal Veterinary College; Richard Abramson, Rabbi Jeff Berger, Rabbi of the Spanish & Portuguese Wembley Sephardi Synagogue; Shaykh Haytham Tamim, founder of the Utrujj Foundation, and Sheikh Babikir Ahmed Babikir, a well-respected Islamic scholar, teacher, and public speaker and founder of Rumi’s Cave, along with many students.
Imam Fathi served as the master of the ceremony, and the event began with a recitation from the holy Quran. The Mayor of Camden thanked the MWLLO for its excellent work and initiatives, and Sir Iqbal Sacranie stressed the importance of working together among faith groups. Sheikh Babikir Ahmed Babikir delivered a talk on peace and cooperation, and Revd. Andy Marshall showed his solidarity with the Muslims by fasting. Steven Derby and his colleagues thanked the MWLLO for always arranging kosher foods for Jewish participants.
The event concluded after breaking the fast and enjoying a delicious dinner. This event was an excellent opportunity for people of different faiths to unite and share in the spirit of Ramadan. It highlights the importance of building bridges and promoting mutual understanding and respect among all religions. Such gatherings are essential to promoting peaceful coexistence and cooperation among people of different faiths and backgrounds.
The event was a testament to the importance of fostering interfaith dialogue and building bridges across different communities. MWLLO is committed to promoting such initiatives and hopes to continue hosting events that bring people together from all walks of life.