Walsall’s multi-faith community came together for a Ramadan event hosted by students at Walsall College.
19 supported learning students organised an iftar, an evening meal that ends the daily Ramadan fast. 110 guests attended the event, which also celebrated different faiths.
Lecturer Tanya Lewis explained: “Students on performing arts, media, catering and arts courses have spent this term exploring the different religions and faiths observed by people across our local community. Having visited some places of worship they were inspired to create their own atmosphere of togetherness by putting on an event.
“The iftar was their way of showing what they’ve learned. They have been able to meet new people and demonstrate the life skills and professional skills that will take them into further training and employment.”
Catering students prepared and served a meal that included a chick pea curry, samosas and spring rolls, along with chocolate brownies, lemon drizzle cake and fruit skewers.
Art students made silk screen table prints featuring mosques, while media and performing arts students produced a photography display and gave a presentation based on their experiences of visiting different places of worship.
The event was hosted in collaboration with Tell Mama, an organisation where victims of anti-muslim abuse or crime can report incidents and receive support.
Abdullah Rehman MBE of Tell Mama, said: “We’re honoured that the students chose to support the muslim community during the most important time of year for us. Everyone was hugely impressed by their hard work and willingness to show solidarity with people from different backgrounds.
“It’s been a fantastic event that they should all be proud of.”
Other guests included former Walsall councillor, Mohammed Arif, Mahmud Nadat, president of Masjid-Al-Farooq Mosque and Randhir Singh Heer CEO of Midland Langar Seva Society.