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Mosque hosts interfaith buka puasa


Leow (second from right) being served food at the breaking fast dinner at Masjid Al-Faizin, Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong in Kuala Lumpur.

Leow (second from right) being served food at the breaking fast dinner at Masjid Al-Faizin, Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong in Kuala Lumpur.

MUSLIMS at Masjid Al-Faizin in Kuala Lumpur hosted buka puasa for people of all faiths to share in the spirit of Ramadan.

Catholics, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Taoists gathered at the mosque for the first time.

Mosque official Dol Malek Kusnin and secretary Husin Hitam were present to greet guests.

The event was initiated by the Archdiocesan Ministry of Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Affairs Kuala Lumpur.

Husin said the aim of welcoming other faiths was to bring the community closer together.

After breaking fast, the men of different faiths were invited to enter the mosque to observe Maghrib prayers.

Among those present were Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Reverend Julian Leow and the ministry’s ecclesiastical assistant Rev Fr George Harrison and its branch members from several churches.

Harrison, who is also the parish priest of Church of the Visitation, Seremban, said the gathering was initiated by their Kuala Lumpur archdiocese and Leow.

“Our aim is to strengthen the understanding and love for others in the Desa Jaya area and to enjoy food with our Muslim friends,” he said.

He added that members from Masjid Al-Faizin visited the churches when they held family days.

Harrison said the gathering of all faiths was to unite everyone.

“Interfaith meetings bring us together,” he said.

Desa Jaya secretary Chandran Thevarayan said being a Hindu and attending a breaking of fast event in a mosque was an eye-opening experience.

“Muslims can visit our temples to understand our way of life, too,” he added.

   

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