Two Doncaster communities fast together

A member of the Muslim community giving a talk about fasting and Ramadan to Christians as part of an 'Interfaith' event.
A member of the Muslim community giving a talk about fasting and Ramadan to Christians as part of an 'Interfaith' event.
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Muslims and Christians in Doncaster came together to fast for an Interfaith celebration of Ramadan.

Christians from the Unitarian and Free Christian Church and the United Reformed Church joined Muslims from Mosques in Doncaster and Sheffield to fast between sunrise and sunset on July 16.

They than came together in the evening to share the ‘Iftar’ - the traditional meal that breaks the fast at sunset - and enjoy readings from the Koran and the Gospels. There were prayers, readings and reflections from both traditions.

One of the Christians who took part said: “Reading books may give you information about the history and philosophy of Islam but it does not give you understanding - or at least not as much as actually joining in the fast can do.

“I was aware of the deeper spiritual significance of fasting during Ramadan; that is not simply about the self-discipline involved in abstaining from food and drink for a set period but also about deepening awareness of the strengthening sympathy with the poor and hungry of this world.”

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, when Muslims fast during daylight hours.