On Wednesday 15th May, Halifax Central Initiative held our fifth annual community Iftar at Queen’s Road Neighbourhood Centre. This year we partnered up with Together Housing who sponsored the event and provided the food for the Iftar. Over 90 people joined us from across Calderdale, including residents, community groups and local services including the Police, Councillors, Halifax Opportunities Trust, Unique Ways, Calderdale Youth Service, to name a few.
Jo Richmond, Neighbourhood and Cohesion Manager and part time director for Himmat, opened the event and spoke about the importance of communities coming together as well as services working in partnership,
Ian Clark from Together Housing gave a speech about what Ramadan means and the importance of charity, helping one another and looking out for others and touched upon mental health and the importance of opening up and speaking out, especially raising awareness during Mental Health Awareness week which was also took place last week.
Hafiz Amjad from a local Mosque in Park Ward gave the opening prayer (DUA) before the fast was broken.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims will fast from dawn to sunset. It is a time of prayer, reflection and community. Eid Al Fitr will take place this year around 6th June, when Ramadan will come to an end, it is dependant on the lunar Islamic calendar and will take place every year during the ninth calendar month.
We would like to thank everyone who attended and took part in #togetherfasting We wish everyone Ramadan Kareem.