The Holy Month of Ramadan started on the 27th of May this year and Dialogue Society organise a very special Iftar Dinner/Gathering in partnership with Fellowship Educational Society, Sussex Police, Brighton &Hove City Council , Community Works and Brighton & Hove Interfaith Contact Group for local people, organisations and friends to promote peace, harmony, diversity and mutual understanding.
More than one billion Muslims worldwide celebrate Ramadan by fasting and appreciating the blessings given to them. Ramadan is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sunset. The fast is performed to learn discipline, self-restraint and generosity, while obeying God’s commandments.
Fasting (along with the declaration of faith, daily prayers, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca) is one of the “five pillars” of Islam. The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking, on June 25th, 2017.
Dialogue Society organises annual dialogue Iftar dinners and meetings with people from a wide variety of ethnic and religious traditions. In this sense, Ramadan presents a great opportunity to strengthen relationships within and outside a particular community by fasting and breaking the fast together.
Dialogue Society will gather people from all walks of life of varied communities and faith groups together in this Iftar dinner to emphasise on values such as mutual understanding, deep respect, love, and peace to reinforce the friendship and dialogue between communities.
The evening will begin with a short welcome speech followed by a presentation of Dialogue Society and speeches By Lord Lieutenant, Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Leader of Council, Detective Superintendent. There will be also a live Turkish Sufi Music and a few songs from Interfaith Choir during the event.
When it is time to break the fast, guests will listen to the Ezan (call to prayer) and will be served Iftar dinner. The event will end with peace prayers from faith leaders and comments from the guests and the closing speech.
Date: Sunday at 20.00, June the 18th, 2017
Address: The Grand Hotel/ Empress Suit
Contact: Mahmut Gunaydin, Program Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dialogue Society is a registered charity, established in London in 1999, with the aim of advancing social cohesion by connecting communities through dialogue. It does this by bringing people together through discussion forums, courses, capacity building publications and outreach. It operates nation-wide with regional branches across the UK. Other recent publications include Dialogue in Islam, which explores Islamic arguments for engagement in dialogue, and Making Dialogue Effective, which brings together the ideas of diverse practitioners and academics on the role of dialogue and how it can be done well. For more information see www.dialoguesociety.org.
Fellowship Educational Society is registered charity established in 2006 by Turkish Speaking Businessman and Academics resident in Southern UK. Fellowship Educational Society aims to encourage the social integration of the Turkish-speaking community within the society they live in; improve their educational performance and help them gain valuable skills and qualifications that will appeal to employers. For more information see www.fellowshipeducation.org.uk