The basis of annual Dialogue Society grass roots activities, ‘Noah’s Pudding’ celebrates the common heritage of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
In the Muslim prophetic tradition, the day Moses (peace be upon him) and his community were saved from the Pharaoh’s army, and the day Noah’s (peace be upon him) ark was saved from the flood is marked with fasting, and in modern times with the sharing of a special dessert known as ‘Noah’s Pudding’.
Every year, thousands of bowls of Noah’s pudding are shared by the families of Dialogue Society volunteers with their neighbours and with members of various faith-based organizations in the South of the UK.
The Dialogue Society Southampton Branch shared the delicious tradition of Noah’s pudding with diverse guests at the Reading Civic Centre. The Right Worshipful Mayor of Reading, Cllr Deborah Edwards, attended the event and spoke inspiringly on diversity and the importance of intercultural dialogue. After the Mayor’s speech, the Director of the Dialogue Society, Oxford Branch, Mustafa Kasim Erol, talked about the Noah’s Pudding and its meaning in Muslim tradition. The pudding, traditionally made by Anatolian Muslims at the festival of Ashura and distributed among neighbours, represents the meal made by Prophet Noah for the inhabitants of the Ark from their last supplies when they reached dry land. The Dialogue Society has long promoted the sharing of the pudding as a means of promoting neighbourhood and community cohesion (see our new manual). Around thirty people attended the event and, following the speeches, greatly enjoyed sampling a bowl of Noah’s Pudding.