Martin House joins Bradford celebration

22 June 2017
Martin House joined a massive community celebration in Bradford on Sunday as it took part in the Iftar in the Park.

Part of the Great Get Together in memory of MP Jo Cox, Iftar in the Park saw hundreds of people of all faiths and none gather at City Park on Sunday 18th June.

It also coincided with the month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast – the Iftar is the breaking of fast after dusk.

The atmosphere in City Park was buzzing with warmth and friendship, as people from all walks of life pulled together in peace and togetherness, listening as performers recited devotional prayers and guest speakers talked about Bradford as a city not for some but for all, before sharing a meal together as the sun set.

The Muslim Women’s Council worked with a range of local partners including Bradford Council, Martin House, Bradford Council for Mosques, Bradford Reform Synagogue, Touchstone Bradford, Wellsprings Together Bradford, Carlisle Business Centre, Noor Ul Islam Mosque, Saveco Cash & Carry. The food was generously donated by MyLahore, Akbar’s Restaurant, and Aziz Catering.

Chris Verney, Martin House community fundraiser, said: “It was amazing to see so many people from all different faiths celebrating and eating together on such a beautiful night. Community and sharing food is a central part of life at Martin House and it was great to be a part of that in Bradford, the home of so many of our families.”

Bana Gora, chief executive of the Muslim Women’s Council, said: “This Ramadan has undoubtedly been one of the most difficult for British Muslims this year, what with the terrorist attacks in London, Manchester, the Grenfell Tower fire, and now the terrorist attack at Finsbury Park as well.

“We lost Jo Cox under horrific circumstances last year, when hate overshadowed love and reason. But we cannot ever forget, as Jo said herself in her maiden speech to Parliament, there is more that unites us than divides us, even if what unites us is a simple love for food, which is precisely what get-togethers like ‘Iftar in the Park’ are all about.”
Pictures by Michelle Heseltine