What is IftarMe?
How would you like to experience an iftar with your Muslim neighbours?
Inspired by the word “iftar”- a fast-breaking meal, IftarMe involves families preparing delicious meals for their guests at iftar, with whom they will then share the fast-breaking experience.
IftarMe is inviting everyone to come together, enjoy good conversation and end their day with a delicious meal.
We hope to strengthen ties and build resilience between different communities in the UK.
Who are we?
IftarMe is a community-led project aiming to promote social cohesion amongst our diverse communities in the UK. IftarMe welcomes everyone.
The project was initiated by the Dialogue Society, a registered charity, who has over 20 years of experience in organising inter-faith Iftar and Christmas meals on a large community level, throughout the UK. IftarMe is a project anticipated to take this one step further, bringing dialogue into our homes, promoting a positive influence on local community cohesion.
What about COVID-19 and Lockdown?
IftarMe has a solution for that too!
The lockdown has seen a surge in people using alternative online platforms to get together. We will be benefitting from this opportunity to get together for the Virtual IftarMe gatherings.
The event will run virtually by the breaking of the fast with dates delivered by us followed by enjoying a meal with a virtually accompanying family. The breaking of fast, a unique moment of togetherness despite the differences, distances, or distancing, will be shared.
Why is an “Iftar” so significant?
Muslims have the choice to voluntarily fast whenever they desire during the year. However, Ramadan is the month in which it is prescribed obligatory for all healthy, Muslim adults to fast: this is done by abstaining from food and drink from dawn until sunset every day.
During the holy month of Ramadan, the verses from the Holy Qur’an were first revealed, rendering Ramadan the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.
The “Iftar” is at sunset, when a call to prayer called the “Adhan” is observed, followed by the meal to break the fast. An Iftar meal is a unique moment of togetherness.
… and, what about dialogue?
By “dialogue” we mean action, an action which consists of meaningful interactions and exchanges between people of different groups (social, cultural, political and religious) who come together through various kinds of conversations or activities with a view to increased understanding.
So “How can I participate?” I hear you ask!
Invitation is at no cost, and open to EVERYONE. IftarMe is a space for inclusivity, and we invite people from all walks of life.
If you would like to join, please fill in the form below. You will be put in touch with a host family that will warmly welcome you!
Virtual IftarMe will allow households to share their Iftar experiences with one another despite the pandemic.
Note: We do our best to find a suitable match for everyone. However, the number of voluntary families hosting the Iftars is limited, so please ensure you sign up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
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