Aug 16 2012

Met Commissioner attends Iftar at Harrow Central Mosque

The Commissioner attended his first Iftar (fast breaking) at Harrow Central Mosque on Saturday, 11 August when he was part of a 300-strong congregation, which also included members of the Egyptian Olympic Team.

Iftar is the evening meal that breaks the Muslim fast during the holy month of Ramadan. It is a time of celebration that traditionally includes the hosting of guests and travellers.

Speaking at the visit, the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Harrow Central Mosque, Mr Irfan Hussain said:

“This is a huge honour for us to break fast with the Commissioner and members of the Egyptian Olympic Team today. We are very proud of our excellent relationship with Harrow Police and the Association of Muslim Police.”

Ibrar Ahmed from the Association of Muslim Police, who also attended the Iftar, said: “Harrow is the most religiously diverse borough in the UK and 1 in 8 of London’s population is Muslim.  By joining Muslims to break fast today the Commissioner has sent out a strong message of support to the wider Muslim community.”

The Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said:  “It was an honour to have been a guest, together with the Egyptian Olympic Team, of the Harrow Central Mosque for the celebration of Iftar. Much has been made of the legacy of the Olympics. I hope part of that legacy will be greater respect for other cultures and religions, for with greater respect comes greater safety and security.”

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