For the Holy month of Ramadan the British Muslim Heritage Centre made arrangements for Taraweeh (Ramadan evening prayer). A crèche, iftars (evening fast breaking meal) were held every Saturday throughout the month of Ramadan and every day during the last 10 days of Ramadan.
Upto 700 people packed the Centre every evening to attend the Taraweeh prayers. The prayers and Quran recitation were inspiringly led by Sheikh Ramza Rahman from Manchester and Sheikh Mustafa Salata from Egypt. Together they enabled us to have the pleasure of listening to their individual and unique styles of recitation, which we all agree was a most beautiful and fulfilling experience for all those who attended. On the day of Eid, families attended the two Eid prayers en mass. We estimate that at least 3,000 people attended the two Eid prayers.
The BMHC was delighted to once again host a family and community event on a huge scale. The rich and diverse community of Manchester was reflected in the people who attended in their thousands over the weekend. The event brought communities together regardless of faith, race and background.
The festival was held over two days this year and was featured on BBC North West. The family weekend took place on Saturday 17th August and Sunday 18th August 2013, where we hosted over 4,000 people. Special guests included The Lord Mayor of Manchester and the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd.
The programme included an exciting array of traditional performances by local and national artists, including a ‘Duff’ performance & workshops. The family friendly event featured a family tent with workshops, activities and henna, stalls, a fantastic family funfair, and halal food stations where people experienced a variety of food. The Sunday highlight was a static educational bird of prey display.
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