This manual will help you to successfully share fast-breaking meals with non-Muslim neighbours and the wider community. Ramadan, during which many Muslims are keen to welcome a succession of guests to share festive dinners, is a perfect time to reach out to neighbours and groups with whom you may not have interacted as much in the past. Eating together is one of the most natural and powerful ways of establishing fellowship. In our experience there is no better way of breaking barriers of difference and reserve than by inviting people to dinner and sharing with them something that is meaningful and valuable to you.
This manual is part of a series of ten Community Dialogue Manuals developed by the Dialogue Society to encourage interaction between members of different communities.
About Community Dialogue Manuals
The primary aim of the series is to help people to bring their communities together through a number of approaches and events that the Dialogue Society has found successful. We have always found that the most successful events have been those with clear objectives and where attention has been paid to detail.
The Dialogue Society launched its series of ten Community Dialogue Manuals to encourage interaction between members of different communities. The manuals provide tangible ideas, know-how, and resources to both motivate and support people and groups to reach out to one another and strengthen social cohesion.
The Community Dialogue Manuals suggest 65+ ideas and projects (35+ are detailed and dialogue related), total 650 pages, contain 100+ sample documents and include 200+ references to other helpful websites and resources.
Aims and Objectives:
- To encourage and support individuals and groups to engage in dialogue
- To encourage more neighbourly interaction
- To encourage the opening up of different communities to one another
- To bring about dialogue between cultural, community and faith-based organisations
- To encourage inclusion of people who may not necessarily be interested in dialogue
- To get individuals and organisations interested in dialogue
- To initiate dialogue through a tangible event
- To provide strategies, tips, advice and know-how for organising successful events
Who Is This Manual For?
- Muslim individuals and families wishing to get to know their neighbours through Ramadan hospitality
- Muslim groups looking to meet and socialise with other religious or non-religious groups to promote mutual understanding and friendship
- Muslim-led groups or charities looking to enhance community cohesion by bringing local people together for a shared meal
- Muslim students looking to improve interfaith/intercultural relations on campus, or to enhance a sense of community among students
- Individuals and groups of other faiths and cultures who wish to use this manual for planning their own traditional dialogue dinner or lunch
- Non-Muslim individuals or groups who wish to return the hospitality of Muslim neighbours during Ramadan, or who wish to take the initiative to reach out to them and invite them for a family or community dinner