Back after popular demand!
Venue: Earley Crescent Resource Centre, Warbler Dr, Earley, Reading RG6 4HD
Date: Sat 19th July 2014
Tickets: £7.50 – Disabled Ticket Holders Go Free
Due to swelling success and demand of our previous iftar, INSAAN presented ‘IFTAR WITH INSAAN,’ a night of Qur’anic recitation, naats & nasheeds, auctions, on top of a 3 course dinner.
The IFTAR WITH INSAAN was oversubscribed but we managed to accommodate all. INSAAN really appreciates the encouragement and support from all our brothers and sisters from the Reading Community.
The evening began with Talawat by Sheikh Mohammad, the imam from Abu Bakr Mosque, Oxford Road. The imam also presented an Islamic perspective on the subject of human disability. He delivered a frank, direct and hard-hitting message emphasising the role and responsibility of the community towards those less fortunate than us. He further stressed the Islamic principle of equality for all and reminded the audience that we all have different and special abilities. At the same time, the Sheikh complimented and praised the audience who had turned up in strong numbers in support of promoting awareness of disability. He also appreciated the work of INSAAN and expressed his desire to collaborate on disability related projects in the future.
We next heard from Shahid Younis who read a poem in Urdu which he then translated into English for the benefit of those who do not understand Urdu. The theme of the poem was essentially highlighting the nature of human beings (INSAAN) and the many good examples of humanity which may be observed in daily life.
Sister Shamsa Kamal performed a Naat originally composed by Pakistani Poet Laureate and Philosopher, Allama Iqbal. It was beautifully recited by sister Shamsa, who was accompanied on chorus by brothers Shams, Dhanyal and Idris Butt.
A second Naat was performed by INSAAN Committee member sister Shahida Kiani, who was followed by sister Saida Mughol, with the latter singing a composition especially prepared for the INSAAN Iftar by sister Farhat Khan. We also heard a new poem in Urdu by sister Farhat, who is a naturally talented and creative writer. The audience appreciated all the performances.
After the various recitals, INSAAN treasurer Asaf Saleem reminded the audience that for INSAAN to meet it’s target of establishing an independent Respite Centre for the families of the disabled, funding was essential. In this regard he introduced for sale by auction the Islamic artwork of Birmingham-based artist Basharat Iqbal. Several items of Islamic Calligraphy were put up for auction and the audience rose to the occasion with about £750 in total auctioned on the night.
Maghrib/Iftar occurred at 9.15pm. Sheikh Mohammad lead Maghrib salah after which the guests were treated to an ellaborate 3 course meal comprising: starter – mixed seasonal fruits, samosa, chicken wings and pakora; main meal – pilau rice with chick peas, saag aloo, lamb korma, salad, raita and naan bread; Dessert – Gajrela. Mineral water, Fruit Juice and coke were served with the meal.
The evening concluded at 11.00pm. Many, many thanks to all who attended to provide a wonderful atmosphere and who continue to support INSAAN.