Church of Barcelona Welcomes Muslims For Iftar Dinner

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Islamic populations of Barcelona are restricted from celebrating Ramadan at causal indoor venues due to the ongoing pandemic. Still, for Muslims, a Catholic church has offered up its open-air cloisters so that they can pray and eat together.

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Volunteers offer hot, home-cooked, and hearty meals at the Santa Anna church. Many of the homeless Muslims, around 60 to 50, come there.

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Hafid Ebrahim, a 27-year-old Moroccan of Berber, said that we are all the same no matter what religion we belong to, whether it’s catholic or any other religion. We must help each other, and we are brothers, after all.

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Muslims who are Fasting does not eat or drink between the time period of sundown and sunrise. Still, their fast is opened after nightfall which is called iftar, during the month of Ramadan.

The Catalan Association of Moroccan women called Faouzia Chati held the organization of iftar gatherings in the city. Still, due to limitations of indoor dining, she was forced to search for a better alternative with good ventilation and room to provide distance.

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People carry food trays during a charity Ramadan dinner in the cloister at Santa Anna church during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Barcelona, Spain, April 28, 2021. REUTERS/Albert Gea

The organizer found a receptive ear in his father called Peio Sanchez, Santa Annas rector who sees the meeting of different faiths as emblematic of civic coexistence.

Beauty of Ramadan

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Chati Sanchez said that it makes people very happy that at the catholic church, Muslims are doing iftar because religions are meant to unite us instead of separating us.

The rector said that together we are more capable of sitting down and talking than some politicians, even with differences in religions, cultures, and languages.

In Pakistan, during the month of Ramadan, a Sikh store owner gives special offs and discounts which is a tradition in his family, such as the beauty of Ramadan.

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