in News June 8, 2018

APPG on British Muslims and The Speaker of the House bring ‘The Big Iftar’ to Parliament

On Wednesday 5th June, The All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims organised a historic event and brought ‘The Big Iftar’ to Parliament with the breaking of fast taking place at Speaker’s House hosted by The Speaker, Rt Hon. John Bercow MP.

The evening welcomed the rich diversity of British Muslim communities from across the country, and guests from other religious communities. Members of both Houses, leading figures in the charitable and voluntary sectors, celebrated British Muslims from the fields of business, sport, media, the arts and academia and many other sectors.

Keynote speeches were given by the Home Secretary, the Rt Hon. Sajid Javid MP, and the Shadow Home Secretary, Rt Hon. Diane Abbott MP, Co-chairs of APPG on British Muslims including Anna Soubry MP and West Streeting MP.

Mustafa Field, MBE Director of Faiths Forum for London, said:

“The Big Iftar is all about bringing people together, increasing the opportunity for people to mix with others from different backgrounds, building trust and understanding.”

Compassion and love are important ingredients of Ramadan – and it’s great to see Churches, Synagogues and Schools join us and share the love.”

The Big Iftar has grown since its launch in 2012 and continues to provide a platform for Iftars to take place in homes, community centres, synagogues, parks, town squares, schools and more. This particular iftar was one of a kind, where the Adhan, the call to prayer was recited, and more importantly celebrated and promoted British Muslims in civic society, to build strong integrated communities.

We would like to thank the Speaker of the House, Rt Hon. John Bercow MP, APPG and all the wonderful British Muslims contributing to British Society.

in News June 8, 2018