SENIOR US diplomats visited Southall’s biggest mosque, as part of a project to create better understanding between cultures and religions.
The scheme, Iftar 2013, is a national initiative where British Muslim communities invite people of all faiths and backgrounds to experience the Ramadan fast-breaking meal, Iftar.
On Thursday last week, 10 US diplomats were invited and attended the Iftar celebrations at the Central Jammia Mosque in Southall Broadway. More than 500 people showed up to share a meal.
Shaukait Warraich, director of Iftar 2013 said: “It was a huge success. All three floors of the mosque were filled with people from all backgrounds.
“It was a huge multi-faith and multi-cultural event with Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and other people from different faiths or no faiths.”
The US Cultural Attaché Monique Quesada, who attended the feast, said the British Muslim community’s generosity in the month of Ramadan was to be commended and applauded.
Mr Warraich added the reason for the creation of the project was to allow people to sample some warm hospitality and learn about the cultural mix of mosques in the UK.
He said: “Everyone has been warmly welcomed and something has been done to do some myth-busting about Mosques and Islam.”