‘Iftar Under the Stars’ UK Scouts initiative kicks off today
An exciting initiative that will bring communities together to break fast under starry skies this Ramadan has been rolled out by the Muslim Scout Fellowship (MSF).
The ‘Iftar Under The Stars’ UK tour will kick off later this evening in Harlow and Doncaster followed by an additional 17 across the rest of the country.
An official part of the Scouts UK, the Muslim branch has organised a fun-filled evening packed with Scout-oriented outdoor activities which includes the all-important opening of fast, known as ‘iftar’ in Arabic, immediately after sunset.
And this year’s tour is the biggest yet and will include archery, tomahawk throwing, wall climbing, arts and crafts, henna, soap carving, fire-lighting, bouncy castle and other inflatables, and face painting.
Muslims will also have the opportunity of taking part in congregational prayers (subject to arrangements) for Asr, Maghrib and Taraweeh night prayers.
The London groups have collaborated to host an iftar event on 27th May at Gilwel Park Campsite, where this initiative first began in 2013.
Salaheddin Aboulgasem, MSF Head of Operations, told FtL: “The first ever Iftar Under the Stars was held with the hope of bringing together the Muslim and wider British Community to collectively experience the joys of Ramadan and Iftar first hand in the glorious outdoors. Iftar Under The Stars still remains one of the few events with a real family focus, ensuring that children and adults alike have a fabulous evening filled with fun, camaraderie, family activities and concluding the evening with plenty of delicious food.”
He added: “Each Ramadan sees additional groups hosting Iftar events and we are sure that the trend will continue to grow in the upcoming years. The Muslim Scout Fellowship is always looking to bring scouting to as many Muslim children throughout the UK. If you are interested in getting involved please visit www.ukmsf.org to find out more.”
Salaheddin was optimistic about the future too, stating: “It is expected that over 4,000 will participate in the Iftar Under the Star events in 2019.”