ABU DHABI – Every Ramadan, hundreds of mosques across the United Arab Emirates open their doors to host iftar dinner events for all people.
But on Wednesday, June 6, a church in Abu Dhabi, invited Muslims to share iftar meal, and hundreds of attendants enjoyed the occasion, sharing food and thoughts.
“It feels awesome and it feels the tables have turned a little bit because it’s nice for non-Muslims to experience one of the best parts of Ramadan,” said Ms Osman, 37,” Hibo Osman, who was born in Manchester but grew up between the UK and Abu Dhabi, told The National.
“I’m a British Muslim so I’m used to this inter-faith experience. I’m no more surprised to attend an iftar at a church in Abu Dhabi than I am to attend an iftar at a church in the UK. It doesn’t feel strange and feels part of the season.”
Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. It started in North America on Wednesday, May 16.
In Ramadan, adult Muslims, save the sick and those traveling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex between dawn and sunset.
Muslims dedicate their time during the holy month to become closer to Allah through prayer, self-restraint, and good deeds.