Interfaith Iftar (breaking of the fast)

Dinner

On 13 April 2022 Peace Center Lahore and Christian Care Foundation jointly organized a program in Ramadan-Muslim’s month of fasting - with the theme of Iftar dinner Interfaith Prayers and Fasting for end of War between Ukraine and Russia at Pak Arab Housing Society, Lahore.  Over 80 persons participated from different religions and they offered special interfaith prayers for peace and prosperity in Pakistan, and especially end of war between Russia and Ukraine. Muslim, Christian and Hindu leaders attended the ceremony. Fr. James Channan OP welcomed all guests and he shared that we are a beautiful creation of the Lord and we should live together, we should respect others, we should promote peace not war and fights with others. There is a war going on between Russia and Ukraine and over one million people have migrated from Ukraine because they were living in war torn area in great fear. More than twenty thousand people have died in the city of Mario Polo. We are people from different religions and today we strongly condemned the war between Russia and Ukraine. We have strong faith that our interfaith prayers this war will be stopped.  This is the month of Ramadan and Muslims are fasting here. I want to share that as Christian we are also fasting because this is our Lenten. These days Christians are fasting and we remember the days when Jesus Christ was crucified. On 17 th  April,2022 we will celebrate Easter and this is our big religious festival. In all religions we see the concept of fasting and in fasting people give donations and help to needy people in different kinds and they pray and remember to God. Fr. James Channan OP said to the participants that Pope Francis has said to all Christians at the international level,   specially to fast and pray for a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine, as the situation between the two countries is getting worse. As all of us, the pandemic caused by COVID-19 has taken away the lives of millions of persons around the world, including members of our families. Others fell sick and were healed, yet they experienced much long-lasting pain and suffering from the consequences of the virus. As you celebrate the month of Ramadan that concludes with Eid ul Fitr our thoughts turn in gratitude to Almighty God who has protected all of us in His Providence. We also pray for the dead and the sick with sorrow and hope.

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Our hope, dear Muslim brothers and sisters, is that we continue sharing the joys and sorrows of all our neighbors and friends, because God’s love embraces every person and the entire universe. As a sign of our shared humanity and the fraternity that flows from it, we wish you a peaceful and fruitful Ramadan and joyful celebrations of Eid ul Fitr. Dr. Faraz belongs from the Baha'i community and by profession he is a doctor. In his views he shared that our Lenten season finished on 21 st  March,2022. He said that fasting is a very important action and with fasting we pray and be thankful to God that he gives us a beautiful life and blessing. Today Russia and Ukraine are fighting with each other for our benefits and people are dying by dangerous weapons. This is a very sadful and sorrowful situation. Today the world has become a global village and science and technology cannot change human ignorance. The people should understand that wars always give destruction and war takes the lives of humans. We should change the thought of hate with the thought of love. Ms. Fouzia Ameer shared in her views that if we are in fasting then we should care for others who are needy and hungry. If you give food to hungry and needy people in Ramadan then your God will be happy with you. Ramadan teaches patience, caring, donating, praying and giving food to hungry people and we should do these actions in Ramadan. We hope that in Ramadan through our interfaith prayers war will be stop between Russia and Ukraine

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