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Interfaith Iftar at Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara: Fostering Unity and Harmony in Dubai

Fri 22 Mar 2024    
| 4 min read

More than 250 individuals from different faiths and communities attended the Interfaith Iftar inside the Gurudwara.

Dubai: Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara in Dubai, known for promoting interfaith harmony, continued its tradition by hosting the annual Interfaith Iftar Gathering during Ramadan. This event, held on 21st March 2024, exemplified the UAE’s commitment to peace and inclusivity, bringing together individuals from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds to share blessings and build connections.

The gathering, attended by over 250 people, including dignitaries like H.E. Sunjay Sudhir, Ambassador of India to the UAE; H.E. Major General Ahmed Khalfan Al Mansoori; H.E. Mr. Mirza Al Sayegh, H.E. Mr. Venu Rajamony, Former Indian Ambassador; Mohammed Al Muhairi, Director, CDA Dubai; alongside representatives from various diplomatic corps, faith leaders and members of various community. Participants had the opportunity to break their fast together, followed by prayers and reflections on the significance of Ramadan.

Reflecting on the event, Dr. Surender Singh Kandhari, Chairman of Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara, emphasized the importance of unity and empathy during Ramadan, transcending boundaries of faith and culture. The interfaith iftar, initiated in 2012, has grown from strength to strength, with attendees from various nationalities and communities coming together in camaraderie.

Ramadan embodies a period of introspection, dedication, and empathy. It’s a month where unity and compassion transcend barriers of faith and culture, holding particular importance for our Muslim brethren. This time fosters spiritual rejuvenation, self-discipline, and gratitude. It brings people together to exchange blessings and strengthen the bonds that shape our collective future.

Dr. Surender Singh Kandhari, Chairman of Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara

Mirza Al Sayegh, a prominent Emirati member, highlighted the UAE’s heritage of tolerance and coexistence, expressing gratitude for the inclusive environment created by the country’s leadership.

Indian Ambassador to the UAE, Sunjay Sudhir, praised the diversity seen at the Gurudwara every year, attributing it to the UAE’s commitment to harmony and peace, said, “Observing the diverse congregation gathered at Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara, I am reminded of the rich tapestry of religions, faiths, and nationalities that grace this sacred space year after year. This amalgamation is not an anomaly; rather, it is a recurring sight that speaks volumes about the inclusive ethos nurtured within these walls. It is a testament to the visionary leadership and policies of our nation’s rulers and government, who have diligently cultivated an environment of harmony, peace, and tolerance.”

As we immerse ourselves in the sanctity of Ramadan, it is indeed a blessed time. Moreover, the convergence of other significant cultural and religious observances, such as Maha Shivratri, Nowruz, Holi, and Good Friday, within this same month adds an extra layer of significance. This convergence serves as a poignant reminder of the interconnectedness of humanity’s spiritual journeys and underscores the beauty of our shared cultural tapestry.

H.E. Sunjay Sudhir, Ambassador of India to the UAE

The evening also saw the presence of Imams, Christian clergy, and Bahai representatives, emphasizing the importance of working together to promote tolerance and understanding.

Bishop Paolo Martinelli, head of the Catholic Church in the UAE, stressed the need to transmit values of coexistence to future generations.

Being here during Ramadan is a pleasure and a chance to connect with people of diverse faiths. It’s a gift to come together, share our experiences, and recognize the importance of cooperation for tolerance and peaceful coexistence. Building good relationships across generations is key to ensuring a peaceful future. It’s our responsibility to pass on values of tolerance and work together with people from various backgrounds for a harmonious future.

Bishop Paolo Martinelli, head of the Catholic Church in the UAE

The Interfaith Iftar at Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara serves as a testament to Dubai’s commitment to fostering unity and harmony among its diverse communities. This annual tradition not only celebrates the blessings of Ramadan but also strengthens bonds of friendship and mutual respect across faiths.

We initiated the interfaith Conference back in 2012, marking its 12th year now. It all began when we recognized the diversity of communities and nationalities present here. Although there was some initial apprehension, as is common with new endeavors, we were overwhelmed by the positive response. Over time, the conference has flourished, with today’s attendance exceeding 250 people from all walks of life. The sense of camaraderie felt during Ramadan resonates as a universal message uniting people of different faiths.

Bubbles Kandhari, Vice-Chairperson of Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara, Dubai

Kamal Vachani, Partner at Al Maya Group, lauded the Interfaith Iftar as a beacon of harmony and understanding, exemplifying the values of tolerance, compassion, and solidarity, said, “An inspiring and inclusive gathering celebrating unity and diversity, the Interfaith Iftar at Guru Nanak Darbar promises to be a beacon of harmony and understanding. This Iftar is set to exemplify the spirit of togetherness and mutual respect. It is a testament to the power of coming together across faiths to foster goodwill and strengthen bonds within the community. A truly commendable initiative that embodies the values of tolerance, compassion, and solidarity.”

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