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Make a ‘date’ with Mark to break fast at Iftar event

(July 16, 2014)

Mark is hosting an Iftar Dinner on Saturday 19th July  2014 and he is inviting Preston’s Muslim community to join him to break their fast at this specially organised celebration event.

Muslims across the world observe fasts during the Islamic month of Ramadhan which began on Sunday 29th June this year and is considered the most blessed month of the Islamic year.  Muslims will refrain from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset and Iftar refers to the evening meal for breaking the fast. The end of the fasting month is marked with the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, which is celebrated with festive food, wearing new clothes and giving gifts or money to children.

Mark  said: “I have in the past been invited to many Iftar Dinners and Eid Parties but they always take place in Parliament, and I held a similar event a few years ago which was well attended.  I often meet many of my Muslim constituents when they come to my surgery with an issue and when they contact me about particular issues of concern and I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate with them in a more festive setting.  Ramadhan is a time for reflection, consideration, patience and repentance and much like Christmas, it is a time of demonstrating goodwill and generosity towards those in need.”

Muslim families across Preston have been participating in fasting, giving to charity and taking part extended prayers during Ramadhan and this free event has been planned to bring together the Muslim community of Preston in a celebration of their faith.  The event will also include a discussion about current events in Gaza and Palestine.  A halal meal will be served at sunset - which is at around 9.30pm – and will include dates which are traditionally eaten to break the fast. 

This event is free and open to all constituents.  To obtain an admission ticket, please telephone Mark Hendrick’s Constituency Office on 01772 883575 or email desais@parliament.uk if you would like to attend.  Donations will be welcomed on the night and all the proceeds will go to the Palestinian crisis.

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