Organizing Iftar for Non-Muslims

Question: Can Muslims organize Iftar for non-Muslims?

Answer: In The Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

In fact, it is an intelligent and impressive idea to organize iftar with non-Muslims. Such an action will surely allow Muslims to exchange ideas with others about Islam. It is a golden chance to make da`wah. With such an organized iftar, non-Muslims will know for sure how tolerant Muslims are and in what way the tenets of their creed command them to have peaceful relations with others.

Responding to the question in point, Sheikh Muhammad Iqbal Nadvi, Imam of Calgary Mosque, Canada, and Former Professor at King Saud Univ., Saudi Arabia, states the following:

“I think that iftar is a good time to use as a da’wah. For this reason I encourage you to organize iftar for non-Muslims in order to show them one of the good things about Islam. Use this time to explain what Islam says about helping the poor and the needy and sharing with others their joys and pains and to sit together in the time of iftar.

It is also to offer thanks to Allah for His blessings and bounties. The only one requirement should be that the non-Muslims should be informed of the rules of breaking the fast and the time we are supposed to start eating and drinking.”

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