Mayor celebrates community inter-faith dinner with Pakistani Consulate

The Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Christopher Towe, attended a community iftar dinner on Tuesday 26 March 2024 with members of the Pakistani Consulate in Birmingham. The popular event brought together dignitaries and leaders of various faiths to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan in a spirit of unity and diversity. Among the distinguished guests were Consul General of Pakistan in Birmingham Sardar Adnan Rashid, Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Chaman Lal, Deputy Lord Lieutenant Sir Dave Thompson, Archbishop of Birmingham, Most Reverend Bernard Longley, and representatives from West Midla

Following prayers led by Imam Asad MBE from the Birmingham Central Mosque, guests enjoyed a delicious and culturally rich iftar dinner offering a wide variety of dishes.

The Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Chris Towe, said, "It was a privilege to attend this wonderful inter-faith iftar dinner alongside members of the Pakistani Consulate and our local community. Ramadan is a time for reflection, compassion, and giving, and this event beautifully embodied those values. Walsall is a diverse and welcoming place, and I am committed to fostering strong relationships between all our communities."

Consul General of Pakistan in Birmingham Sardar Adnan Rashid, said, “It was a pleasure to welcome everyone to the Consulate of Pakistan and I would like to thank you for giving us an opportunity to celebrate Ramadan together. 

“Ramadan is a month of self-accountability and self-transformation, this month gives us an opportunity to reflect on gratitude, compassion and family. As Pakistanis, we take pride in adding to the multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-religious characteristics of our society. During Ramadan, we are reminded of our collective duty to continue to promote peace and stand against hatred or it forms. Instead, we will celebrate our differences and strengths.”

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