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Blackburn Youth Zone announce plans for a virtual Big Iftar meal to mark Ramadan during quarantine.

During Ramadan, Muslims have the opportunity to reflect and focus on their faith. However, with lockdown measures remaining in place until at least May 11, the end of Ramadan’s daily fasting, still cannot take place as it has done in recent years with mass gatherings. During these difficult times, it is more important now than ever to connect with people within our communities. 

This Ramadan, on Thursday 6th May at 8pm Blackburn Youth Zone has invited the community to come together on the 6th May to celebrate The Big Iftar ‘Virtually’. Iftar is the meal served at the end of a day of fasting during the month of Ramadan.  

With support of local partners (inspiring unity, strength and friendship) 500 families from across the borough will come together from a multitude of faith groups to celebrate Ramadan. 

There will be recitals, speeches, readings from the Quran and much more, all leading to the traditional sharing of the Iftar meal. The Big Iftar is a great celebration for people of all faiths, and none, to show their support to our Muslim neighbours. As well as an opportunity to gain an insight into Islam and religious practices which may not have been as accessible before. 

Rose Walton Head of Business at Blackburn Youth Zone said: 

“The holy month of Ramadan is an opportunity for our community to pause, reflect and re-connect. We’re delighted to be welcoming 500 families from across the town, who plan to join our online celebrations.

The pandemic may have resulted in events being called off but Ramadan is not cancelled. Blackburn Youth Zone are extremely passionate and will continue to promote community cohesion and relations between different communities. The charity will always be here to support and unite our community. We can’t wait to see you all online” 

Mel Thomas, Blackburn Youth Zone said:

‘Blackburn Youth Zone are now appealing to the community to support and donate towards the campaign. This will enable us to purchase enough ingredients for families to make a Biryani to enjoy during the fast. Funds raised from the campaign will also go towards giving FREE Blackburn Youth Zone membership to young people aged 5 – 19, so they have the opportunity to engage in fun and safe activities.’

Now more than ever it is important for people within our community to be able to share a sense of belonging. Please donate here and help us fundraise for the food parcels for the community.