In­ter­faith din­ner breaks bar­ri­ers

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Belinda Cipri­ano

PERTH Imam Kam­ran Tahir is hop­ing an in­ter­faith din­ner to cel­e­brate the cul­mi­na­tion of Ramadhan next week will help break down bar­ri­ers and bring the com­mu­nity to­gether.

Imam Tahir, of the Ah­madiyya Mus­lim Com­mu­nity in Cock­burn, is invit­ing peo­ple from all back­grounds to at­tend the din­ner where pa­trons will break bread and ex­tend the hand of friend­ship.

Born and bred in Eng­land be­fore mov­ing to Syd­ney in 2015, the 27-year-old said he had spent the past year liv­ing in Cock­burn and run­ning the Bi­bra Lake Mosque.

The father of one, also the brains be­hind the “I’m a Mus­lim ask me any­thing” and “Cof­fee and Is­lam” cam­paigns, said the pur­pose be­hind his cam­paigns were to bring down mis­con­cep­tions, build bridges and pro­mote di­a­logue.

“Our motto is love for all and ha­tred for none,” he said.

“We like to preach it and prac­tise it, so cur­rently we are go­ing through the month of Ramadhan where we fast from sun­rise to sun­set.

“An as­pect of Ramadhan is when you do open the fast you gain more bless­ings if you in­vite oth­ers to come and join you for din­ner and there’s no bet­ter way of start­ing up a re­la­tion­ship than by break­ing bread.

So far about 50 peo­ple have ex­pressed in­ter­est in at­tend­ing but Imam Tahir is hop­ing for more.

“We have peo­ple from the Jew­ish, Chris­tian, Catholic and Protes­tant, Hindu faiths, ” he said.

“But to be hon­est it’s not got any­thing to do with faith; it’s about com­ing to­gether and en­joy­ing a meal to­gether.”

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d483472

Imam Kam­ran Tahir is or­gan­is­ing an in­ter­faith din­ner to cel­e­brate Ramadhan.

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