Friendship in Park ward

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Unity and diversity in Park ward were celebrated at a community event which attracted several different nationalities.

The West Central Halifax Stakeholders Forum organised the gathering to mark Iftar which is when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

The forum consists of a network of professional people from private and public organisations who give their time voluntarily.

Chairman Farzan Ahmed, who also runs the XCEL Consultancy which specialises in community engagement, said: “We are proud to have been able to plan and run this event.

“It was successful not only in bringing communities together and informing them about Ramadan, but also in raising an awareness of those that are less fortunate than us in other parts of the world as well as closer to home, in Calderdale.”

Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often undertaken as a community gathering where people eat together.

Many Muslims believe that feeding someone iftar as a form of charity is very rewarding.

Ramadan will finish on or around August 19, exactly when depends on the Islamic lunar calendar.

The forum was formed a couple of years ago when Park ward was hit by a series of burglaries targeting jewellery and which alarmed many residents.

It acts to relay the views of the community to organisations such as the council, police, youth services, and vice-versa.

Mr Ahmed said it had developed fantastic working relationships that are sustained and productive.

“If there is a reason for the forum to get together it does so,” he said.