Dine Together Scheme Unites Leicester Muslims, Hindus

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Nothing brings people together more than sharing food.
Some people even say that food is the currency of interfaith relations.

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Feeding the poor and needy is an act that draws us closer to Allah. We earn His forgiveness, mercies and blessings through this act of charity.

“Whoever gives food to a fasting person with which to break his fast will have a reward equal to his, without it detracting in the slightest from the reward of the fasting person” Al-Tirmidhi

Under this motto, Muslims and Hindus in Leicester are
coming together to share food as part of a scheme to encourage interfaith
friendships in the city.

The idea of ‘Come Dine Together’ events was suggested by St Philip’s Centre in Evington, a charity that promotes interfaith harmony, inspired by the Channel 4 series Come Dine With Me.

“The currency of interfaith work is food and we wanted to create an arena where friendships can be made through dialogue, transparency, and resilience,” Deputy Director of the St Philip’s Centre, Riaz Ravat told Leicester Mercury.

Leicester, known as one of the most diverse cities in the
UK, is recognized for its strong community ties and is something that Riaz said
he wants to “build and nurture.”

“Ultimately, whatever happens in the other parts of the
world, Leicester creates resiliency and harmony,” Riaz said.

“This is a way of reminding people that we have a shared history and could have a shared future.”

The week-long scheme coincides with the UN World Interfaith
Harmony Week.

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Organizers hope the scheme will encourage other faith groups
to create lasting friendships.

“It’s a simple act but eating together presents a perfect opportunity for us to teach, share and show that we care for one another and to build a stronger, more accepting city in the process,” Suleman Nagdi, a spokesperson from the Federation of Muslim Organizations, said.

Leicester is not just one of the largest cities in England, it is also one of the oldest.

Currently, Christianity dominates at 32.4% of the overall
population. The second religion that is popular in Leicester is Islam, with
Muslims making up 18.6% of the population.

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