Iftar is very much a social event, involving family and community members.It is common for people to host others for dinner, or gather as a community to break fast together. Following the yearly tradition, IMSSA`s first Iftar for the year was held on the 11th June 2016, Saturday, at Masjid An-Nahdhah. Together with IMSSA, this Iftar was jointly organised by the Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC CCCs, Bishan ToaPayoh GRC Malay Activity Executive Committees (MAECs) and An-Nahdhah Mosque. Itwas supported by SGSecure, MESRA, IRCC, Lee Foundation, Madrasah Al-Arabiah Al-Islamiah and Muhajirin Mosque.
Minister of Defence,GrassrootsAdvisers for Bishan Toa Payoh GRC, Dr Ng EngHen was the Guest Of Honour for the occasion. Joining him were;Mr Chee Hong Tat, Mr Chong KeeHiong, and Mr SaktiandiSupaat ,GrassrootsAdvisers for Bishan Toa Payoh GRC. They had a fruitful time, giving out vouchersto the needy families and breaking fast with members of the community. To highlight hishappiness, Dr Ng Eng Hen shared on his Facebook post, “Over 3,000 residents came together, of different race and religion to share a common meal. As all of us waited for sunset, cross-legged and sitting on the floor, you could feel the warmth and comfort, and communal ties that bind. May this precious peace and harmony we enjoy in Singapore continue for generations.”
The event was a great success with a turnout of over 3000 participants.The break of fast food included, ghee rice with mutton gravy, porridge, dates, kueh lapis, talamcendol, samosa,fruit cup and bandung. The take home meal consisted ofcumin rice with chicken sambal. While tucking into delicious and widespread of dishes prepared for Iftar, it is also crucial to have healthier and more nutritious spread of food. This is in line with this year’s Touch of Ramadan Campaign, “Eat Well, Waste Less”. As part of MUIS`s initiatives in adopting healthier and greener Ramadan this year, mosques island-wide embarked on several initiatives which include serving a more nutritious iftar. In line with such initiatives, IMSSA introduced the fruit cup which is a mixture of fruits sliced for consumption as part of the Iftar meal. Mixed fruits such as watermelon, honeydew, grapes and orange were sliced and packed in a cup ready to be consumed.
To celebrate the spirit of giving during Ramadhan, and to foster strong bonds amongst muslim andnon-muslim members of the community, NTUC vouchers worth $70 were given to 150 needy families across the 5 divisions. They were also invited to join in the Iftar with their family members and the vouchers were handed to them by the various Grassroots Advisers. This year, IMSSA sponsored $5000 to be given to the needy recipients.
This event would not be possible without the hard work and commitment of all our dedicated volunteers. Their tireless efforts, contributions and planning for the Iftar goes a long way in making this a success. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to our organisers, supporters and donors for making this year’sBishan Toa Payoh GRC Iftar a success!