City of London Inter-faith Iftar

May 2019

In May, Lord Verjee met with London’s religious leaders at St Paul’s Cathedral for the 2019 interfaith gathering and Iftar. The event, supported by the Rumi Foundation and organised by the Naz Legacy Foundation, brought together representatives from the world’s great faiths with young people from across the capital, within one of the city’s finest monuments to hope and human cooperation.

Lord Verjee joined the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan; Lord Mayor of London, Peter Estlin; The Bishop of London, The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Sarah Mullally; Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis; and Imam Mohammed Mahmoud OBE from the East London Mosque.

Also invited, were 100 18-30 year olds from across all 32 boroughs of London. As the architects of the capital’s future, they held a discussion on what they thoughts were the three greatest challenges London faces and the role that faith can play in surpassing these great social issues.

Topics discussed included knife crime, the housing crisis, climate change, the refugee crisis, social exclusion and widening political and social divisions.

Following the gathering at the cathedral, guests enjoyed an inter-faith iftar – a traditional meal to break fast during the holy month of Ramadan – at the City of London’s Guildhall.

The Rumi Foundation is proud to support this event, celebrating the great diverse society we have in London and working with young people to continue the spirit of hope, tolerance and a vision of a better world.