Aston Villa Hosts Ramadan Iftar at Club’s Stadium
Following Chelsea hosting its first-ever open iftar, the English Premier League football club Aston Villa hosted its first Open Ramadan Iftar on Wednesday, 5 April, at its home stadium Villa Park.
Open Iftar 2023. ☪️
We are pleased that the first Iftar to take place at Villa Park has been a great success. 🙌
We thank the local community for welcoming us, and allowing us to experience this sacred moment with you. 💜
— Aston Villa Foundation (@AVFCFoundation) April 5, 2023
More than 500 Muslims joined the community event that was hosted by Aston Villa Foundation, the club’s charity foundation, and the Ramadan Tent Project, an award-winning charity that aims to bring communities together during the holy month.
Open Ramadan Iftar at Aston Villa Home Stadium
The founder of the Ramadan Tent Project, Omar Saleh, shared a few words with at the event and said: “Over the last 10 years, this project brought communities together and connected more than half a million people”.
He continued and said: “After 10 years of numerous events, we find ourselves this year hosting our Open Ramadan Iftar in partnership with Premier League clubs for the first time”.
“From public parks and squares to Britain’s most iconic cultural attractions, galleries, museums, places of worship and sporting venues we are proud to show that the holy month of Ramadan is open to all”, Omar said.
The CEO of Aston Villa, Christian Purslow, expressed his happiness and joy for hosting the club’s first Iftar and for sharing this religious ritual with Muslims in the United Kingdom.
He then extended his warm welcome to Muslims in Villa Park and mentioned that this Iftar aims to create more sense of belonging and harmony between the club and society in its entirety.
Counselor Maryam Khan attended the Open Iftar, she praised the event and expressed her joy and said: “It was wonderful to see hundreds of members of the Muslim community eating Iftar together in this wonderful place”.
She then added, hearing the call to prayer echoing throughout the stadium is an incredible feeling which gives you a sense of belonging to this community. All thanks to Aston Villa and those in charge of it for providing us with this opportunity.”
It is noteworthy that Aston Villa is the fourth football club in Britain to host the breakfast event after Chelsea, Brighton and Queens Park Rangers.
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