PERTH Imam Kamran Tahir is hoping an interfaith dinner to celebrate the culmination of Ramadhan this 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.”
WHAT: Iftar Dinner
WHERE: Nasir Mosque, 239 Barrington Street Bibra Lake
WHEN: June 9 from 4pm-6pm