Last night, Chelsea Foundation hosted an Open Iftar at the side of the pitch at Stamford Bridge, in what was a first in a Premier League stadium.
The Open Iftar was organised in collaboration with the Ramadan Tent Project to mark the Islamic month of fasting from before dawn to sunset, with Ramadan taking place until Friday 21 April.
The Open Iftar allowed Muslims observing Ramadan the opportunity to gather to break their fast together as well as providing a safe space for mutual dialogue and engagement.
The Ramadan Tent Project are an award-winning charity established in 2013 with a mission of bringing communities together and developing the understanding of Ramadan.
The Ramadan Tent Project are celebrating their 10-year anniversary and it was their Advisory Board Member, Dowshan Humzah who opened proceedings, followed by speeches from Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE, Chair of Chelsea Foundation, and Chelsea legend Paul Canoville.
Lord Finkelstein OBE, said: We are a big community with lots of supporters from different backgrounds and we want to honour, respect and share the joy of every single fan. This is about saying yes to love, inclusion, community and yes to everyone who wants to be a Chelsea fan. It’s very special to be the first Premier League club to host an Open Iftar and something we are extremely proud about.'
Tufail Hussain, UK Director of Islamic Relief and Safwaan Hussein, Imam at the Islamic Culture and Education Centre completed the speeches before a prayer lead by Imran Abu Hassan.
Guests then gathered together to break their fast at the side of the pitch at Stamford Bridge.
Ramadan will be recognised at Chelsea FC and Chelsea Foundation as part of the No To Hate campaign which is a club-wide equality, diversity and inclusion programme that targets hate and discrimination and aims to educate all stakeholders inside and outside of Chelsea FC and football.
Promoting religious tolerance is one of No To Hate’s key focus areas, with other religious festivals highlighted throughout the calendar year.