After three years of preparation, the big day finally arrived. Our first in-person Interfaith Iftar since the COVID-19 pandemic struck. And what a place to host the Iftar, one of Britain’s most historical venues, the Tower of London, the first in its 955-year history.
The evening began with our young people forming cluster groups to tour the Tower’s new Superbloom. This was followed by our traditional group selfie, this time in front of the White Tower. BBC London News were on hand to report live from the Iftar with presenter Asad Ahmad interviewing a number of speakers and guests.
Attendees then moved into the Armoury to hear the thoughts of our guest speakers on the role faith communities can play in tackling the climate crisis. Speakers included: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, The Chief Rabbi Mirvis, Sheikh Imam Mohamed Mahmoud OBE, Andrew Jackson, Bishop of Willesden Revd Canon Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy, Revd Canon Tricia, Harris Bokhari OBE, Sheikha Arzoo Ahmed, and Ridwana Wallace-Laher.
We then broke bread together at 7.41pm, with a bowl dinner being served to guests. This provided a networking opportunity for guests from all faiths and none the chance to meet new people, and build long-lasting bonds.
Overall, the Iftar was a big success with guests making their pleasure known. A big thank you to everyone who came, our volunteers, speakers and HRP for making this evening possible.