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Muslim group invites fellow Kiwis to experience Ramadan

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New Zealand’s largest purpose built mosque, Masjid Baitul Muqeet, will be the venue for this year’s Iftari (breaking of the fast) experience on Saturday the 18th of May. Hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the event will allow guests to experience a glimpse into Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. The evening is a regular occurrence in the Ahmadiyya Muslim community’s annual calendar, and gives non-Muslim guests a chance to gain familiarity with the ritual of fasting, one of the cardinal pillars of the Islamic faith. With the tragedy in Christchurch still fresh in the minds of all New Zealanders, by hosting events like this the Ahmadiyya Muslim community hopes to build an understanding between followers of all faiths by breaking down barriers and bringing Kiwis together.

"Muslims the world over celebrate the month of Ramadan by fasting and spending time in the remembrance of God. However, the practices and details of this Islamic ritual can still be something of a mystery for others. With this event, we want to reach out to people and give them the opportunity to share a unique experience with Muslims in New Zealand", says Mr Bashir Khan, the President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in New Zealand. "Ramadan is so much more than merely abstaining from food and drink", he explains. "Throughout this month, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was constantly involved in acts of charity, whether by giving alms or by simply serving his fellow human beings. This is the spirit that we as Muslims must try and emulate throughout this month and beyond."

The evening will begin at 4:15pm with a short presentation by the local Imam, Mustenser Qamar, followed by the breaking of the fast at sunset. The guests will then have an opportunity to see the evening prayer service, as well as undertaking a guided tour of the mosque, followed by dinner.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889 by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) in Punjab, India, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community spans over 210 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. Its motto of ‘Love for all, hatred for none’ is evidenced through the peaceful actions of its millions of followers worldwide.

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