Southwark invitations during Ramadan


One of South London Inter Faith Group's walks last year.

One of South London Inter Faith Group’s walks last year.

Here are three generous invitations to break the fast (‘iftar’) with Muslim friends during the month of Ramadan. LBFN members and others from different religious and belief traditions are very welcome.

  1. Monday 22 July Muslim sisters at the Rockingham Women’s Group invite women and children to Harper Road (Baitul Aziz) Mosque, I Dickens Square, SE1 4JL, at 8pm for a meal after 9pm.  Nearest Tube station – Elephant & Castle.  Borough Buses 133, 40, 35.
  2. Wednesday 24 July The Old Kent Road Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre, 365 Old Kent Road, SE15 5JH has invited all who are interested to break the fast and to arrive at around 8pm. The invitation is to St Peter’s Church, Walworth, and other local churches. A walking party will be leaving St Peter’s Church at 7.30pm.

Siriol Davies (Diocese of Southwark), who circulated the invitations, reminds potential guests,

“This will be a great opportunity to witness a little bit of Ramadan and to enjoy the friendship which exists across our faiths. The generosity and hospitality of the local Muslim communities in making these invitations is a great example to all of us.

Muslim brothers and sisters will have been fasting from dawn, around 3.00am, and the fast continues until sunset which is around 9pm. It is a complete fast which means no food or liquids.

Any visitors to the iftars are invited to fast for all or part of the day if they wish to.

If you would like to come to either or both evenings you are welcome to just turn up, but it would be very helpful if you could let me know by email or text 07913 470 816.

If you intend to walk on Wednesday from St Peter’s Church in the group leaving at 7.30pm it would be good to know this.  Also, please ask if you have any further questions about the evenings.”

  1. Sunday 28 July At Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, SE1 9DA, the South London Inter Faith Group is marking the end of its photo-exhibition there celebrating 16 years of inter faith walks.  All who are interested are invited to view the exhibition (7.30pm), to hear a short explanation of Ramadan and Iftar (8.30pm) and to join Muslim brothers and sisters for the call to prayer and iftar (around 9pm – 10pm).  Download the flyer here.  The Exhibition is open to the public every day from now until 28 July.

Please let me know if there are similar opportunities in other parts of London.


European network meeting | shared iftar


Conway Hall and the South Place Ethical Society, which dates from the seventeenth century and now hosts lectures and events for Humanists, atheists and interested people from many religious and belief traditions.

This Wednesday afternoon (17 July) there is a meeting of an exploratory group interested in linking with the European Network on Religion & Belief (which promotes understanding between religious and humanist/atheist groups, challenges discrimination and links to multifaith/multiconvictional grassroots groups across Europe – LBFN has been involved in this from the start).

After the meeting, we are invited to the London Muslim Centre in E1 to join Muslim friends in breaking the Ramadan fast with a meal (around 9pm).

We are meeting at Conway Hall, which has a long history and is “an educational charity whose aims are the study and dissemination of ethical principles based on Humanism and freethought, the cultivation of a rational and humane way of life, and the advancement of research and education in all relevant fields.”  The CEO, Dr Jim Walsh, is hoping to tell us something about Conway Hall at the start of our meeting.

We will be welcoming contributions from:

1. Yolande Iliano, Chair, Religions for Peace–Europe and founder member of ENORB

i. Inter/multifaith and inter/multiconvictional work in Europe

ii. Young Ambassadors for Europe 2014 – a life-learning, intercultural journey on the Danube, facing water challenges

2. Abdullah Faliq, The Cordoba Foundation: Lessons from Woolwich and implications across Europe.  Steve Miller, Faith-based Regeneration Network: Muswell Hill after the fire at the al-Rahma Centre (Steve has sent this informative link from Channel 4).

3. Navleen Kaur, All Faiths And None: Sikhs in Europe

4. Rosalind Parker: grassroots intercultural arts projects in the UK & in Europe

5. Stephen Shashoua, 3FF: Explorations in Sweden, Munich & Vienna.

6. William Barylo: Polish Muslims – an unexpected meeting (new film)

7. Pavan Dhaliwal, British Humanist Association: Humanist Marriage and the passage of the Same Sex Marriage Bill through Parliament

Let LBFN know asap if you plan to

  1. attend the meeting and/or
  2. join Muslim friends in breaking the fast later in the evening

If you would like to be added to the email list for this group, please let LBFN know.