‘Amazing atmosphere’ as Portsmouth’s community unites to break the Ramadan fast at Jami Mosque

A CITY mosque opened its doors to the whole community to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

Thursday, 23rd May 2019, 5:37 pm

People from across Portsmouth united with muslims at the Jami Mosque in Victoria Road North to share Iftar on Tuesday night.

The meal is often known as breakfast because it ends worshippers’ month-long fast between dawn and sunset.

An annual tradition, Jami Mosque committee member Abu-Suyeb Tanzam said Tuesday’s event had an ‘amazing atmosphere’ as people from all corners of the city intermingled.

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People waiting to break their fast at the Jami Mosque in Portsmouth on Tuesday. Picture: Habibur Rahman

‘We open our doors like this to encourage people of different beliefs and different backgrounds to get together, under the celebration of Ramadan, as a city-wide community,’ he said.

‘It was an amazing atmosphere and all of our guests said they were so pleased to see how we celebrate.’

He added: ‘We want to live in harmony – this is a massive message that needs to be taken on across the world.’

Labour MP for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, was among those invited to attend and said it was a ‘privilege’ to share Iftar.

Guests including MP Stephen Morgan and Portsmouth's lord mayor, David Fuller, with members of the Jami Mosque committee on Tuesday. Picture: Habibur Rahman