Friends in faith enjoy iftar together

2018-06-12 06:01
Members of Open Mosque from Wynberg enjoy their Iftar with Christ the King Church in Claremont.

Members of Open Mosque from Wynberg enjoy their Iftar with Christ the King Church in Claremont.

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Claremont-based Christ the King Church hosted iftar for its friends in faith on Friday 8 June.

About 50 members of the Open Mosque in Wynberg celebrated their iftar in a joint prayer moment with congregants from Christ the King Church.

Iftar marks the end of the day of fasting when Muslim families collectively enjoy the evening meal together to thank the Almighty for their blessings. It starts with the drinking of water followed by a fruit snack and sunset prayers.

Organiser Derek Hanslo says they have built relations with the mosque to extend the concept of breaking the divide, as the Bible promotes unity among faith groups of different religions.

He says although religions differ, they are most likely serving the same purpose in today’s broken world. “It is important that we come together and pray for the same purpose, building positive relations with the hope of healing and bringing people together.”

Jamila Abrahams of the Open Mosque adds that the event aims to foster fruitful contact with other faiths such as Judaism and Christianity.

“What we are doing is revolutionary and unheard of. It shows that Muslims, Christians and Jews can all work and worship together. While some people are sceptical, the vast majority endorses this kind of practical interfaith dialogue that brings everyone together regardless of backgrounds or beliefs.

“In today’s fractured world, it is more important than ever to bridge bridges of friendship and banish the barricades of fear. In our multiracial and multifaith society we need mutual respect and peaceful coexistence to prevent the eruption of religious tension and conflict in our country,” says Abrahams.

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