Published On:18 July 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Iftar 2012: Delivering the Ramadan experience during the London Olympics

Team GB Olympic Star Abdul Buhari to feed 5000 fasting Muslim and non-Muslim visitors at the Ramadan Iftar 2012 celebrations hosted at the Islamic Cultural Centre (ICC), Regents Park, London on 21 July 2012

IMO News Service

Iftar, the evening meal that breaks the Muslim fast during the holy month of Ramadan, is a time of celebration that traditionally includes the hosting of guests and travellers.
This year, for the first time, the Olympics (27 July to 12 August 2012) will take place during Ramadan (20 July to 18 August 2012) and in the spirit of collaboration and friendship, mosques across the UK will open their Iftar celebrations to neighbours, visitors, Muslims, non-Muslims, officials and Olympic athletes from across the world. 

Abdul Azeez Buhari, Team GB and England Athletics Senior Championships gold medallist said: “I am so excited, honoured and blessed to be taking part in the London Olympics. It is a privilege to be part of something so special. The Olympics is an ancient sport which incorporates values that are synonymous to Islam and I for one would like to represent my faith and country well. As a London based athlete I will be supporting the Iftar 2012 project and am confident the results the team will produce will make the difference UK needs”

Team Great Britain Discus Star Abdul Buhari, selected last week to represent the nation, will offer 1000’s of guests the traditional food of dates to break the day long fast this Ramadan at the Islamic Cultural Centre (ICC), Regents Park, London. He will be assisted by the national Scouts Association.

Abdul Buhari is a national and international discus thrower for England and Great Britain. He turned to discus throwing after beginning his athletics career as a 400m runner. However, due to injury he changed events in 2002 to discus throwing and has not looked back since. Abdul has been throwing the discus for nine years and during that time he has had over 50 podium finishes. Abdul is now working towards the London 2012 Olympic Games where he aims to make the final and do something special under the tutelage of Mark Wiseman.

Abdul Buhari
The Olympics’ Ramadan Iftar celebrations gives visitors a chance to experience Ramadan with our local British Muslim communities. They will sample warm hospitality and experience the cultural mix of mosques around the UK: a huge range of culinary dishes from Asia, Africa, Europe and the near and far East will be available at different mosques. The Scouts Association enthusiastically supports the initiative and scouts across the country will be on hand to help serve guests during the Iftar meals.

Prominent among the supporting organisations include Islamic Relief, The London Olympic Organising Committee, The Home Office, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, The Metropolitan Police, The Scouts Association, Year of Service and Islamic Cultural Centre.

All six Olympic city venues, London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham (Coventry) and Newcastle have participating mosques.

The Iftar 2012 website, www.iftar2012.com, provides details of participating mosques across all the Olympic venues in the UK. The latest social media tools help visitors of any faith and no faith to find out what is happening in their areas by simply typing in their postcode. Some of the nation’s smaller mosques will have designated Iftar days; the larger ones will run Iftars every day throughout Ramadan that will host Olympic teams and officials as part of the national festivities.

Ramadan in 2012 starts on Friday, the 20th of July and continues for 30 days until Saturday 18th of August. Note in the Muslim calendar, a day begins on the sunset of the previous day. Although Ramadan is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year, since the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar. This difference means Ramadan moves in the Gregorian calendar approximately 11 days every year. The date of Ramadan may also vary from country to country depending on whether the moon has been sighted or not.

To attend the event or for further information please contact:

Faith Associates/Iftar 2012 office on (+44) 01753 2012 44 or
Atif Warraich on (+44) 07932 540 353 or
Email: atifw@iftar2012.com / info@iftar2012.com

[Press Release received on July 18, 2012]

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