Muslim Jewish Forum hosts annual Iftar


MANCHESTER: The Khizra Mosque hosted the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester’s annual Iftar. Speakers included, Reverend Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester; Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Cllr Ronnie Wilson; Rabbi Dr Reuven Silverman of Manchester Reform Synagogue; Sajjad Amin of Khizra Mosque and Forum Co-Chair, Mohammed Amin MBE.
Co-Chair, Cllr Heather Fletcher was Master of Ceremonies for the evening and Forum Executive member, June Rosen, gave the vote of thanks, the Asian Image has reported. In this difficult week following the first Anniversary of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack, all of the speakers shared their perspectives about the need for unity.
The Dean stressed the need for all people to work “side by side” to achieve things together, illustrating this with a story about Shimon Peres and King Hussein of Jordan taken from Lord Sacks’s book “The Dignity of Difference”. Mohammed Amin mentioned how Muslims and Jews had worked together in London in the successful judicial review application against senior north London coroner Mary Hassell regarding the need for early burial in both faiths.
Cllr Fletcher recounted how Muslims and Jewsin Europe had helped each other for many years. For example, Albanian Muslims had saved Jews in World War 2 and Jews had saved Muslims in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War.
Sajjad Amin of Khizra Mosque gave a presentation about Islam generally and a detailed explanation about Ramadan and the outreach work of Khizra Mosque Within her vote of thanks, June Rosen said, “There is a well-known saying that ‘what Manchester does today the world does tomorrow.’ If this evening is what Manchester does today and what the world will do tomorrow, this could be the greatest gift that this great and proud city has ever given.”
The event was attended by over 60 people of all faiths and none. Several Sal ford City Councillors attended and also Chief Inspector Umer Khan. Mohammed Amejee, first time attendee said “Meaningful inter-communal engagement is a pressing need of our time.
“This event, splendidly organised by MJF and very kindly hosted by Khizra Mosque, is an excellent example of this. Meeting so many people from different religions and ethnic backgrounds and having the opportunity to remind ourselves of all we share is a very commendable outcome.” Barbara Dresner said “I felt honoured and blessed as the daughter of a Catholic mother and a Jewish father to be sitting with many Muslim people.
“I believe that now more than ever we need to open our hearts to each other, share occasions like this Iftar meal, and work side by side towards recognising that people of all faiths and communities are basically just like each other.”