Helping spread message of faith

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St George’s Square was a hive of activity on a balmy Friday evening in Luton as hundreds of people came together for the Big Iftar 2015.

The multicultural community event marked the breaking of the daily fast of Ramadan and aimed to promote further understanding of the Muslim faith.

Guests were given an introduction to Ramadan as well as a reading of verses with interpretation from the Quran.

There were presentations from the Mayor of Luton and faith groups and charities including Churches Together, Lewsey Farm Masjid and Discover Islam, before a meal was shared with all communities after the fast was broken.

Luton Borough Council’s Harriet Tamke and Adam Kearney were also on hand to talk about their recent visit to Bosnia with UK-based charity, Remembering Srebrenica, to learn from the 1995 genocide.

The theme of this year’s event was ensuring no-one goes hungry in Luton and attendees were encouraged to make donations of non-perishable foods for the Luton Foodbank charity.

Cllr Jacqui Burnett, Portfolio Holder for social inclusion and community cohesion, said: “It was a pleasure to attend such a positive community event in St George’s Square. The event brought together people from different backgrounds and cultures to share good food and learn from each other.

“Ramadan is a month of sharing, hospitality, charity giving and creating new friendships; and the Big Iftar was a great way of achieving these goals while breaking down barriers and increasing knowledge within our communities.

“Events such as this are a great opportunity for us all to pledge our support to respect each other’s differences and continue to ensure that Luton is a place where we can live and work in harmony.”