IMA conducts interfaith Iftar

Indian Muslim Association Kuwait (IMA) recently conducted an interfaith Iftar get-together for Indian expatriates living in Kuwait to disseminate the message of Ramadan at the Rajdhani Palace in Khaitan.

Large number of  people from  different communities and walks of life, including diplomats, professors, doctors, engineers and  ordinary people participated and appreciated the program.

Shamvil Parvez, President of IMA presided over the function. Shaikh Abdullah Al-Hudaib, renowned scholar of Kuwait was chief guest of the occasion.

Fahad Ahmed Khan Suri, second secretary (Political and commerce) at the Indian Embassy attended on behalf of the Indian Ambassador. While speaking on the occasion, he  emphasized on the need to conduct such events that can bring different communities closer to each other, and promote mutual understanding among the different communities and religious groups living in Kuwait.

Dr. Ram Mohan, the General Secretary of the Indian Doctors Forum Kuwait, appreciated the activities of IMA and encouraged some of the recent events done by IMA, such as beach cleaning drive and tree plantation, and said that similar events need to be carried out by all communities as well as religious groups in Kuwait. He added that through such activities we can give back to Kuwait for all the opportunities provided to foreigners by this country.

Other dignitaries like H.E. Dr. Shamir Ally Ambassador of Guyana , Dr. S. Neelamani, Senior Research Scientist at Kuwait Institute for Scientific and Research, Reaven D, Souza, the MD of The Times Kuwait, and Khandu Gangadhar Shirsath, the Principal of the Indian Community School, Khaitan Branch expressed their views and appreciated the social, religious and cultural activities being carried out by IMA among the Muslims, as well as non-Muslims living in Kuwait.

Nisar Ahmad gave a presentation on the topic ‘Ramadan: A time for Reflection’ highlighting the importance of Ramadan and the Holy Quran. He mentioned that the Quran was sent down in the month of Ramadan for the guidance of entire mankind and it is  meant for all human beings. He also explained some important points such as the purpose of creation, purpose of our life and elaborated on how Quran can guide us in strengthening our relationship with our creator.

Keynote Speaker, Sharfuddin Soofi, speaking on the topic ‘Way to communal harmony’  emphasized on the importance of unity in diversity which helps people in building harmony in a multi-cultural society such as India, where people are from different religions, castes and ethnicity are living together since centuries.