10 June 2019
The Ramadan Tent Project (RTP), which was started by SOAS students and is now in its sixth year, has teamed up with the House of Lords to hold the first ever iftar (breaking of the fast) in Trafalgar Square on 30 May.
Members of the public, Muslims and non-Muslims were invited to come together to break fast, share food and engage in conversation in the latest in a series of Open Iftars held around the country during the holy month of Ramadan. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, was among the over 1,000 people who attended the event.
The aim of RTP is to provide people with a better understanding of the spirit and essence of Ramadan, and create greater cross-community cohesion and understanding.
The Mayor of London tweeted: "An honour to host the first ever Iftar at Trafalgar Square with @RamadanTent Project tonight. Gatherings like this, bringing people from different faiths and beliefs together, are more important than ever before and show London at its very best. Ramadan Mubarak! #LondonIsOpen"
RTP was a student-led initiative started at SOAS to provide a space for the public, students and staff to share the breaking of the fast during Ramadan. It has grown each year with the support of SOAS and a wide range of donors and supporters. Since RTP began over 70,000 people have experienced an Open Iftar.
Omar Salha, founder and CEO of RTP is a PhD Nohoudh Scholar at SOAS.
Follow the Ramadan Tent Project (@RamadanTent) and Open Iftar (@OpenIftar) on Twitter to keep updated and find out where the next Open Iftar will be held.