Muslims Organise Iftars in Tribute of MP Jo Cox

We have more in common than that which divides us – Jo Cox

Muslims have partnered up with a nationwide initiative that will be commemorating the tragic death of MP Jo Cox who was killed last year on 16 June.

The Great Get Together has organised a series of events from 16-18 June aimed at encouraging communities to come together and celebrate Jo’s message of unity.

With the initiative falling within the fasting month of Ramadan, The Big Iftar will also be supporting efforts of promoting community cohesion and togetherness by “rejecting divisive politics”.

As part of its annual drive at encouraging Muslims to invite friends and neighbours to join them in celebrating Ramadan, a series of Iftar meals have been organised to end The Great Get Together weekend.

One such event will be taking place in Bradford City Park on Sunday 18 between 8-10pm and supported by Bradford Council, Bradford Council for Mosques, the Bradford Reform Synagogue, among others.

Hosted by Muslim Women’s Council, The Great Get Together and The Big Iftar have inspired the organisation of inspirational speeches along with delicious food to make this a truly inclusive event.

Queens Boundary Community and St Barnabas Church in Walthamstow are encouraging their community to bring a dish to share (veggie or halal) on Sunday 18 and “break bread with your local neighbours and get to know one another” (contact here).

On the same day in Wiltshire, locals are being asked to bring food and drink to share and join civic and faith leaders from Southwark and across London at Marlborough Leisure Centre.

Meanwhile, a Lidl shopping carpark will be the location for The Mosley Road Street Iftar on Sunday 18.

With food, activities and tours organised by the area’s mosques in conjunction with the Love Your Neighbour initiative, the event is welcoming “all Balsall Heathans … in a sharing of culture and connection as we draw inspiration from Jo Cox’s quote: ‘We have more in common than that which divides us'”.

For more information, visit The Big Iftar’s Facebook page.

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