Cameron Brewer MP & Honorary Consul of India Among Guests at Auckland Dawoodi Bohras’ Iftar

The Dawoodi Bohras of Auckland held an Iftar event at the community centre.

A host of local dignitaries were guests of honour at the Auckland Dawoodi Bohra congregation’s multifaith Iftar event to mark the breaking of the daily fast during Ramadan.

The Dawoodi Bohras of Auckland, like millions of Muslims around the world, observe the holy month of Ramadan. In the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is the ninth and most sacred month of the year. Members of the Dawoodi Bohras fast from dawn to dusk, recite and memorize the Quran, share and invite people for meals, and engage in charity and selfless services such as organizing local food drives.

Guests at the Iftar included Bhav Dhillon, Honorary Consul of India to New Zealand, Cameron Brewer MP, Member of Parliament for Upper Harbour, Ram Lingam and Beate Matthies, Co Chairs of Auckland Interfaith Council, Reverend Ivica Gregurec of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Sunil Kaushal, President of Waitakere Indian Association, and Angee Nicholas.

Shabbir Rajkotwala of the Auckland Dawoodi Bohras, expressed delight at that so many local dignitaries attended the Iftar, saying, “The Dawoodi Bohras have enjoyed playing a significant role in the local community for many years.  We were delighted to host our friends in Auckland for a delicious communal meal and to help them learn about the history and customs of Ramadan, such as fasting, prayer, community meals and charity.”

India’s Honorary Consul, Bhav Dhillon, said after the event, “The Dawoodi Bohras community is known for philanthropy and community service. Prime Minister Narendra Modi considers them very close to his heart and shares a very special relationship.”

“[It was an] honour to be a part of local Dawoodi Bohra community iftar,” reflected  Sunil Kaushal, President of Waitakere Indian Association, “which was a unique experience with their deep rooted faith in Quran and [the] teachings of Prophet Mohammed uniquely combined with a business and growth mindset.  Thank you to the wonderful team at the local Dawoodi Bohra community in New Zealand for their amazing hospitality and inclusiveness [with] many faiths present.”

During Ramadan, the Auckland community of Dawoodi Bohras also delivered traditional Bohra food and sweets to neighbours to say thank you for their continued support.

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