What a fun way to celebrate the commonalities between our religions. There's nothing quite like food to bring people together.
Sunday, July 3, marked the first time that iftar, the evening meal when Muslims break their daily Ramadan fast, was held at a Mormon chapel in Montreal. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Intercultural Dialogue Institute (IDI) of Montreal shared a meal at sunset to celebrate Ramadan and to mark the end of the monthly Mormon fast Sunday. Both groups seized the opportunity to engage in dialogue and to share information about their respective fasting traditions.
One year ago, members of the Church were invited by IDI to participate in their annual Ramadan “Meet Your Neighbour” program. This program offers non-Muslims a chance to share iftar and to be welcomed into a Muslim home during the month of Ramadan.
After participating in such a dinner last year, Janell Gehmlich, director of public affairs for the Montreal Quebec Mount Royal Stake, decided this year to invite Serif Damar, director of the IDI, to co-host an interfaith dinner on the fast Sunday that fell during the month of Ramadan.