28 May 2017
2 Ramadan 1438
We recently welcomed Ramadan with open arms with our first Iftar of our four-part Iftar series in Nee Soon GRC. It was held on the 28th May 2017 and it took place at the Sheltered Hard Court, next to Blk 165 Yishun Ring Road. It was themed as “Welcome Ramadan” as it fell on 2nd Ramadan.
The Iftar organised by IMSSA and was jointly supported by Nee Soon GRC CCC’s, People’s Association and Masjid Darul Makmur. We were highly honoured to be graced by the presence of Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Mr K Shanmugam, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Dr. Lee Bee Wah, Mr Kwek Hian Chuan Henry and Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang.
This annual iftar was another successful story to tell! Alhamdulilah!
Our emcees commenced the event at 1800H, with our Kindergarten children having performed a special heart-warming Nasheed performance. Following that, the Secretary of IMSSA, Ms Shameema Banu, shared about how Yishun Iftar had come a long way since IMSSA’s first Iftar that was held under Blk 128 in 2006.
Associate Professor Faishal then addressed on how we can further strengthen our community. Mr Liaykat followed on, talking about the greatness of Ramadan. To end the speech, our groomed Mu’adhin and Imaam of IMSSA, and the adolescents of IMSSA ended the programme with an alive azaan and dua.
But it did not end there!
This year, Mr Shanmugam handed out 200 NTUC vouchers, worth $50 each for the residents of families with a low-income in Yishun, identified by Nee Soon GRC. They were invited with their families to join us during our Iftar as well. It was an enjoyable meet and greet for the MP’s and Advisers with their residents. The invited families were also presented with Hari Raya Kueh, to commemorate religious harmony and to spread the blessings of food with all.
Of special mention this year, we had advanced our layout by including tables and chairs for the majority of our special guests which was unlike past years whereby the majority had to be seated on the floor. However, mats were also arranged on the floor to accommodate any late-comers. For a change, the Gazebo tents acted as food distribution points and the stage was shifted to vertically face the crowd. And to give us all the Hari Raya Fever, we upped our decorations this year to look even more vibrant.
But, what about the food you ask?
Our Iftar menu this year was Capsicum rice with Mysore Mutton, Vaadai, Cheese Tart, Porridge, Dates, Kueh and Pineapple drink. As children have a small appetite, their customized menu consisted of Spaghetti with meatball sauce, Puff cake and Cheese tart. The Sahar food to take home comprised of Cumin Rice with Chicken Sambal.
Since it was the start of Ramadan, special dates boxes were given to all Iftar participants. Each box contained up to 50 dates and they were freshly packed for the event.
The preparations for the Iftar had started one day before by our dear volunteers (which extended to include non-IMSSA volunteers too; we had great help from the Pioneer Generation Office). Items such as Dates, Porridge, Bento, drinks, Sahar food were all packed by them! All in all, it was very nice to see people from different cultures and backgrounds all working together for a single cause!
Mashallah, our event was a great success with a turn-up rate of more than 3000 participants. Our Iftar would not have been possible without our members and volunteers. We would like to express our sincere thanks to our partners and our dedicated team of volunteers for helping in one way or another.
We hope to continue with continued success, Insha Allah, with the support of all.