MABDA Report 13/6/2016

Muhammad Ali funeral: A fitting interfaith service for The Greatest

The superlatives had been exhausted. A legend. An inspiration. The fastest. The prettiest. And as he tirelessly, and playfully, pronounced until the bitter end, the Greatest.

All that remained was for Muhammad Ali to be laid to rest.

In the somehow fitting setting of the KFC-YUM sports arena named after Kentucky’s second most famous son, Colonel Sanders, an unlikely collection of dignitaries gathered on Friday for an interfaith funeral service, to bid farewell to the greatest sporting personality of his, or any other time, and a man who in his pomp was inarguably the most famous person on the planet.


Jews, Christians and Muslims come together in Dutchess County for solidarity on first night of Ramadan

Members of some 40 faith groups throughout Dutchess County and the region, representing Christianity, Judaism and Islam, joined Sunday evening — the first night of Ramadan — in a display of solidarity to celebrate the Dutchess County Interfaith Council’s first-ever, Iftar. The Iftar gathering, honouring the traditional meal after sunset breaking the fast during Ramadan that is currently being celebrated by Muslims, was meant to follow a “Walk the Walk” solidarity march on the Walkway over the Hudson, but, due to heavy rains, the walk was cancelled.


Interfaith service celebrates Ramadan in downtown Montreal

For the first time in Montreal, the United Church of Canada held an interfaith celebration Tuesday night with the Muslim Association of Canada to mark the start of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.   The service began at 8 p.m. outside the St. James United Church on Ste-Catherine St. W. Along with music and communal prayer, at sundown participants broke their daily fast by sharing dates, water, milk and Syrian sweets with passers-by.