LONDON – In the first event of its kind, Muslims in North West London have been invited to break their Ramadan fast at a Jewish synagogue, spreading a message of peace, tolerance and coexistence.
It is my first time in a synagogue and it’s been a wonderful experience,” Hamza, 17, told BBC Radio 5.
“It told me that there is actually hope and peace in humanity… and I was received wonderfully,” he added.
Hamza is one of London Muslims who were served iftar meal at Golders Green Synagogue.
The invitation was seen by faith leaders are a letter of peace, tolerance and coexistence.
“My name’s Nabila and I am a writer and it’s the first time actually I have come to a synagogue and it is actually special,” another Muslim participant in the Iftar said.
Britain is home to a Muslim community of nearly 2.7 million.
Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, falls this year between Sunday, June 29, and July 28.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.
The sick and those traveling are exempt from fasting especially if it poses health risks.
Around the globe, Muslims observe Ramadan with a set of traditional rituals including family gathering at iftar, religious lessons, special evening prayer and helping the poor.
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