Chelsea hosted an Open Iftar at Stamford Bridge this past weekend in collaboration with award-winning charity, the Ramadan Tent Project, becoming the first Premier League club to do so.
The event marked the charity’s 10-year anniversary, and a limited number of tickets were made available to local mosques, youth organisations, and the West London club’s Muslim community. The evening began with speeches from Dowshan Humzah, a Ramadan Tent Project Advisory Board member, as well as Lord Daniel Finkelstein, Chair of the Chelsea Foundation. They were followed by words from UK Director of Islamic Relief Tufail Hussain and Safwaan Hussein, Imam at the Islamic Culture and Education Centre.
Iftar is the fast-breaking meal for Muslims after sunset and also includes prayer. It takes place every evening as part of Ramadan, an important month in the Islamic calendar where Muslims worldwide fast, pray and reflect.
In his opening speech, Finkelstein said: “We are a big community with lots of supporters from different backgrounds and we want to honour, respect and share the joy of every single fan. This is about saying yes to love, inclusion, community and yes to everyone who wants to be a Chelsea fan. It’s very special to be the first Premier League club to host an Open Iftar and something we are extremely proud about.”
After the speeches, attendees were led in prayer by Imran Abu Hassan before gathering by the pitch to break their fast together.
As part of the club’s ‘No to Hate’ diversity and inclusion programme, religious tolerance is a major area of focus for the club. Working with the Ramadan Tent Project to host iftar is just the beginning for the club, with plans to repeat the event in the future, as well as highlighting other religious celebrations throughout the year.
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