CIVIC guests, friends and neighbours were welcomed to “break fast” one evening during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by Deputy Mayor of Todmorden, Coun Abid Hussain.
For some years Coun Hussain has invited people to share a meal during Ramadan as the festival of Eid, which marks the end of a month of fasting, approaches.
This year chairman of Todmorden’s Hamza Mosque, Nadeem Mir, greeted guests including Mayor and Mayoress of Todmorden, Coun and Rev Richard and Sandy White, and Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker and his wife Elaine. Mr Mir explained what Ramadan means.
It was a time when Muslims fasted from sunrise to sunset during the month of Ramadan, which moves forward approximately ten days each year. This year Eid is expected to fall on next Tuesday or Wednesday, and is a celebratory festival in which gifts are exchanged.
During Ramadan the purpose of fasting is to concentrate the mind on people who are less fortunate in the world. This year money raised in the Todmorden community will be sent to help famine relief in Somalia and Kenya.
“It is about humanity and charity, and also a time when our thoughts are with family, friends and neighbours,” he said.
Mr Mir, on behalf of guests, thanked Coun Hussain and his family for preparing the traditional, sumptuous meal.