The Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) and Finsbury Park Mosque (FPM) organised their joint annual Iftar gathering at Finsbury Park Mosque on Monday 20th June 2016. More than 60 prominent guests attended to share the iftar meal.
The Guest of Honour: Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party was joined by other distinguished guests including the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Diane Abbott MP, the Shadow Defence Secretary Emily Thornberry MP, the Consul General of the Turkish Embassy Mr Emirhan Yorulmazlar, Mr Hadrizammi Mustafa from the Malaysian High Commission, the Leader of Islington Council Richard Watts, the Deputy Secretary General of MCB Haroun Khan and the NUS President: Malia Bouattia.
Other distinguished guests included the superintendent of Islington Police Nick Davies, London Fire Brigade Borough Commander for Islington Patrick Goulbourne, The CEO of ACEVO Sir Stephen Bubb, Bishop Paul Hendricks, Mrs Mehri Niknam MBE from The Joseph Interfaith Foundation, the General Secretary of CND Kate Hudson, Joint secretary of Unite Against Facism Weyman Bennet, Journalist David Hearst, Bruce Kent, Father Danial Sandham from St. John’s Church, Sister Pauline Nashashibi from St. Thomas’s Church, The former Chief Superintendent in Harrow, Dal Babu and Councillor Caroline Russell from the Green Party.
Dr Omer El-Hamdoon – MAB President said: “This iftar is an example of how we envision Britain: people of different backgrounds coming together to [share a meal and] discuss issues facing society, in a friendly atmosphere. Through events like these we can create hope and dispel hatred, and send a strong message to those who wish to divide us.”
Mr Mohammed Kozbar the chairman of FPM said: “It was wonderful and inspirational to see so many people turn up from all the different communities, faiths, service providers, politicians and organisations. We were very honoured that everyone came to share this special moment with us.”
The guests enjoyed the whole experience of the iftar. Guests who spoke including Jeremy Corbyn, Emily Thornberry, Diane Abbott and Malia Bouttia at the iftar re-iterated the importance of standing together for a brighter future.
The whole event was broadcast live by Aljazeera TV.