Published On: Mon, Jul 4th, 2016

IftarYYC hosts first ever community iftar dinner with over 1,500 in attendance

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IftarYYC was held on Canada Day and over 1,500 were in attendance. Photo credits: Usman Cokar.

Being born and raised in Calgary, AB, I have seen my fair share of public and private events. Some even hosted by myself, but nothing could really impress me more than the community iftar I attended on Canada Day. The event, IftarYYC was hosted by Sheikh Fayaz Tilly and a team of volunteers curated by Ilyas Gora and top it all off the entire event was sponsored and catered by Cedar’s Deli. Donations were encouraged and a truck load of non-perishable food items were donated to the Calgary Food Bank.

 

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Attendees performing Maghrib salah. Photo credits: Usman Cokar.

IftarYYC is a community out-reach initiative to bring not only the Muslim community together during the month of Ramadan, but non-Muslims as well. They had their first Ramadan Iftar held on Canada Day (July 1st) and they could have not picked a better day to do so.

The moment this iftar was being planned and executed, I knew I had to attend and witness this event first hand, and I’m glad I did. It was definitely the most unique and heart warming experience I have ever seen in any community event done in Calgary. From the wonderful food to the friendly and professional volunteers everything was planned and executed brilliantly.

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Sheikh Fayaz Tilly hosted the event along side him are the owners of Cedar’s Deli which sponsored and catered the Iftar. Photo credits: Usman Cokar.

Iftar YYC was hosted at Bridgeland Riverside Community Association centre and fully done outdoors, it gave a real ‘iftari’ feeling throughout the evening. Attendees were sitting and enjoying the atmosphere with the Calgary skyline behind them.

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Attendees were sitting and enjoying their meal while they got to see the beautiful Calgary skyline. Photo credits: Usman Cokar.

Background

Every year, the owner’s of Cedar’s Deli host a public iftar outside their restaurant and this year they wanted to do something much bigger and make sure they could reach out to and provide a free meal to as many people as they could. They contacted Sheikh Fayaz Tilly knowing he was the person to get in contact with. Sheikh Fayaz is a well known Calgarian imam who many of the youth go to and seek counsel.

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Cedar’s Deli owners alongside Ilyas Gora and the team of volunteers which made this event all possible. Photo credits: Usman Cokar.

Sheikh Fayaz agreed and then went forward to Ilyas Gora, who has more than enough volunteering experience and got a hold of team and it took off from there.

The results became astounding as over 1,500 people attended and a truck load of donations were dropped off to the Calgary food bank.

Iftar YYC hopes to continue their work and reach out to more in the future.

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IftarYYC wishes to continue their efforts and hope to bring more community out-reach opportunities in the future. Photo credits: Usman Cokar.

For more info and how you can be involved with their next event, like their Facebook page.

 

About the Author

Fazal Khan

- Fazal Khan is Co-Founder and Editor at The Kooza. He currently resides in Calgary, Alberta. He enjoys writing a variety of topics and loves to watch movies.

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