Id-Dawl Numru 18

Id-Dawl (the Light) JUNE 2019

(i) Celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr

(ii) Did Allah create evil?

(iii) Peace and Harmony in the Society

(iv) Interreligious Ramadan Iftar

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Id-Dawl 18

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Video: The Concept of Fasting in Religions

On Friday 31st May 2019 the Ahmadiyya Muslin Community in Malta hosted an Interfaith Ramadan Iftar Dinner and its 11th Annual Peace Symposium collectively on the theme “Ramadan & Peace: The Concept of Fasting in Religions”, and invited distinguished guests and faith and community leaders to join in the celebration. The President of Malta, His Excellency Dr George Vella and his wife were the special guests.

6:28 Address of the President of Malta, H.E. Dr George Vella

12:36 Rev. Joseph Ellul – Fasting in Christianity

23:00 Mr. Gordhan Mohnani – Fasting in Hinduism

29:44 Imam Laiq Ahmed Atif – the Philosophy of Fasting in Islam

42:53 Brief Speeches

54:37 Recitation of Prayers

58:38 Comments & Remarks

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Ramadan and Peace: the Concept of Fasting in Religions

On Friday 31st May 2019 the Ahmadiyya Muslin Community in Malta hosted an Interfaith Ramadan Iftar Dinner and its 11th Annual Peace Symposium collectively on the theme “Ramadan & Peace: The Concept of Fasting in Religions”, and invited distinguished guests and faith and community leaders to join in the celebration. The President of Malta, His Excellency Dr George Vella and his wife were the special guests. Imam Laiq Ahmed Atif, president Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta, together with community members welcomed His Excellency and other distinguished guests. 

The event brought together guests from different walks of life to join the important discussion about the purpose of fasting in religions, to celebrate the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Islam and break the fast with the community. All major faiths were represented at the event.


The aim of the interfaith gathering is to promote a deeper understanding of Islam and other faiths and to inspire a concerted effort towards lasting societal peace.

The programme began with recitation of the Holy Quran. In his opening address, the President of Malta, His Excellency Dr George Vella, spoke about the need of interfaith harmony and dialogue, and he congratulated the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat and said:

“It is with great pleasure that I am meeting with members of the Muslim community to celebrate the breaking of the fast together. I wish to congratulate Imam Laiq Ahmed Atif, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat for taking such an open minded approach to celebrate the traditional Islamic Ramadan, and promoting unity by inviting us all here today to share with you the breaking of the fast, irrespective of our religious beliefs.”

He further said that: “Ramadan is a period where one exerts self discipline. It is a time to impose on one self control. It is an occasion to redirect the heart towards understanding others and sympathise with the needs of others. It is a time to be generous with those less fortunate than us. It is a time that one explores to find true satisfaction, a deep personal examination on our strengths and our weaknesses. It is a form in which one can experience spiritual awakening, and hopefully strengthen up of one’s conscious to do better in life.”

Highlighting the importance of peaceful coexistence he said: “I call on everybody to cherish, celebrate and to promote the peaceful and amicable relationships between the different communities found on these beautiful Islands we call our home.”

His Excellency concluded by saying that, “allow me once more to appeal to all of us to reaffirm our strong belief and nourishment of dialogue, mutual understanding and inclusion. Let us reaffirm Salaam (peace) as our ultimate and final objective. Asslamoaleikum.”

In this event, Rev. Dr Joseph Ellul, Chairman of the Commission for Interreligious Dialogue of the Archdiocese of Malta, talked about a Christian perspective on fasting and Mr. Gordhan Mohnani spoke about the concept of fasting in Hinduism”.

Imam Laiq Ahmed Atif, President Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Malta delivered the closing address, discussing the spiritual objectives and the philosophy of fasting in Islam. The session concluded with a recitation of prayers.

After the breaking of fast and Maghrib prayer, a buffet dinner was served.

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Experiencing Iftar together

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President George Vella and his wife were the special guests of the Muslim Community in Malta for the meal of Iftar that is taken during Ramadan.

On the Ramadan theme of peace and religious fasting, the President, with a number of other distinguished guests, discussed the importance of religious fasting and the Iftar meal which, at the end of the day brings together the community for a meal.

President Vella said there is a need for greater harmony and dialogue between societies of differing beliefs while he praised Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat for this inclusive initiative.

The event took place to create greater awareness of traditional Islamic beliefs.

Representatives of a number of different religions were also present.

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President Vella shares meal with Muslim community

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President of Malta George Vella and his wife were amongst an array of people from different religious backgrounds that shared a meal with the Muslim community just a few days before the end of Ramadan.

A press release issued by the Muslim community in Malta explained that the event was organised to promote peace and understanding of one another in our multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society.

The event started with reading from the Quran. This was followed by a speech from President Vella in which it was reported that he stressed on the need to be united as one community and to be able to communicate with people from different faiths and commended Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat for their work.

Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. It covers the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims around the world see Ramadan as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community. They fast from dawn until sunset and they believe that food, drink, smoking, sexual relations and sinful behaviour void the reward of fasting. During Ramadan, Muslims strive to purify themselves and increase the number of good and charitable deeds and their consciousness of God.

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Qasmu l-Iftar flimkien

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Il-President George Vella u martu kienu l-mistiedna speċjali tal-komunità Musulmana f’Malta għall-ikla tal-iftar li sseħħ waqt ix-xahar tar-Ramadan.

Bit-tema tar-Ramadan, il-Paċi u l-kunċett ta’ sawm fir-reliġjonijiet, il-President ingħaqad flimkien mal-komunità u mistiedna distinti oħrajn fejn ġiet diskussa l-importanza tas-sawm u l-iftar li fl-aħħar tal-ġurnata tgħaqqad u tiġbor il-komunitajiet flimkien għall-pranzu .

Il-President Vella qal li hemm bżonn akbar ta’ armonija u djalogu bejn is-soċjetajiet ta’ twemmin differenti filwaqt li faħħar lil Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat tal-inizjattiva inklussiva.

Dan l-avveniment sar bl-iskop biex titqajjem aktar kuxjenza u jitwassal aktar għarfien dwar it-twemmin u t-tradizzjonijiet Musulmani.

Preżenti għall-avveniment kien hemm rappreżentanti ta’ kull reliġjon. 

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Jemmnu differenti u jieklu flimkien wara ġurnata sawm

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Bosta persuni ta’ twemmin differenti ngħaqdu flimkien għal ikla ftit jiem biss qabel ir-Ramadan jasal fi tmiemu, fejn flimkien ma’ persuni bi twemmin Musulman, kisru s-sawma tagħhom.

Fost l-oħrajn, għall-avveniment kien hemm il-President ta’ Malta George Vella u l-mara tiegħu. Skont stqarrija mill-komunità Musulmana f’Malta ġie spjegat li l-avveniment sar bil-għan li jippromwovi l-paċi fis-soċjetà billi bosta persuni jifhmu aktar lil xulxin u l-kulturi u r-reliġjonijiet differenti.

Il-programm beda billi nqraw xi partijiet mill-Quran. Imbagħad, intqal li l-President Abela tkellem dwar il-bżonn ta’ għaqda u djalogu bejn komunitajiet bi twemmin differenti filwaqt li faħħar lil Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat tal-inizjattiva li ħadu f’dan ir-rigward. Spjega li r-Ramadan huwa perjodu fejn wieħed jaħdem fuq id-dixxiplina tiegħu miegħu nniffsu, filwaqt li jidderieġi lil qalbu sabiex tifhem aktar u tempatizza mal-bżonnijiet tal-oħrajn.

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