On Thursday the 30th of March the Milton Muslim Moms organized their Annual Interfaith Iftar Dinner held at Milton Fairgrounds.
The holy month of Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Iftar is the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. The interfaith iftar dinner has been part of the “Milton Muslim Moms” annual tradition where interfaith leaders, public officials and friends and neighbours open fast and share meal together. People from various faiths and cultures gather to share Iftar meal and reflect on the importance of unity, tolerance, and understanding, which are essential for building strong and peaceful communities.
We spoke to Milton Muslim Mom President Maliha Khan Ahmed about how the organization was formed. She says, “Milton Muslim Moms started as a Facebook group in 2015 and then we registered as a Not-for-Profit organization in 2016. Our organization’s main objective is to empower women from all walks of life not just to support themselves but also to help them mold and create a better society.” Besides the Interfaith Iftar Dinner, the Muslim Milton Moms host a fundraising dinner where a worthy local organization gets the proceeds of their event, some of the past recipients of the proceeds are the Milton District Hospital, United Way Halton and Hamilton etc
“In the past, we’ve worked closely with United Way – Halton and Hamilton, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Food for Life and also helped the homeless in Toronto with Team Nobody. During the pandemic, we have done several food drives including providing 200 grocery bags to needy families in the GTA. We have held workshops such as paint nights, candle making and the Little Merchants funfair where children got an opportunity to display their amazing business acumen and talent. For the past year, we have had a regular bi-weekly free halal meals program, where we provide free hot meals and basic groceries to families in need in GTA with the help of our partner Food for Life and the generous donations of our members” explained Ahmed.
For more information about Milton Muslim Moms and their future events you can visit them on their Facebook page “Milton Muslim Moms”.