A Muslim group in Ireland invited members of the local LGBT community to a dinner feast in celebration of Ramadan.
On Saturday, the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council hosted different groups of individuals from outside the faith to celebrate the break of the day’s fasting.
Before the gathering, imam and chairman of the council, Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri, announced on his Facebook that he’s excited to meet people from the Irish LGBT community.
Dr. Umar Al-Qadri also commented that inviting people from outside the faith would show ‘an example of true Islamic ideals.’
‘As more than one billion Muslims worldwide celebrate Ramadan by fasting and appreciating the blessings given to us, it is equally important for the Irish Muslim community to reach out to our neighbors as an example of true Islamic ideals,’ he said.
Fasting during Ramadan is observed from dawn to sunset to display self-restraint and is one of the five pillars of Islam. Through the day, participants have to refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, sex, and other pleasures until night comes. The meal that marks the end of the day’s fasting is called Iftar.
The gathering which was held in Dublin was also attended by Jewish holocaust survivor and guest speaker Tomi Reichental.
Here are some pictures of the celebration:
Dr. Al-Qadri is known to be an outspoken supporter of the Irish LGBT community.
Following the Orlando gay nightclub shooting which killed 49 people and injuring 53 others, Dr. Al-Qadri stood in solidarity with the LGBT community.
‘I stand with the LGBT community and I am against the marginalisation of any group,’ he said. ‘It should not have happened. We are a minority ourselves, we understand what discrimination is.’
He adds: ‘Our religion teaches not to be prejudicial of anyone regardless of their religion or background. We are all diverse, yet we all share one thing — our common humanity.
‘Being a member of the LGBT community is not a sin, it’s not something you find in the Quran. We can’t treat them differently.’
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