Catholics and Muslims congregate to bring joy to those who are alone at Christmas
For some, the Christmas holidays and festivities are a respite from loneliness and to take part in socializing activities and initiatives specially organised for them. One of these activities was a dinner organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Association in conjunction with the Granparents’ Association for the elderly living alone.
At the Holy Family Centre in Msida a hundred people, ordinarily on their own, came together to enjoy a traditional meal prpared by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Malta.
The Imam and the President of the Ahmadiyya Community Atif Ahmed, said that during this festive period, the need was felt to organize this meal for senior citizens and grandparents who suffer from loneliness.
“The nicest thing is to celebrate these moments with others because ultimately humanity is the common denominator and we love the community with all our heart.”
The Ahmadiyya community volunteers prepared a traditional Asian meal that included rice with chicken and beef, fresh vegetables and traditional desserts.
Talking to Television Malta he said that the food itself was not important and the most significant thing was the love and respect that are the foundation of this initiative.
Philip Chircop President and founder of the Grandparents’ Association welcomed the initiative while the Imam said that Association focused its efforts on the scourge of loneliness. He said that this meal helped to expose the different cultures and beliefs on the islands.
“Reducing any kind of racism that could exist. The fact that we can work together with our ideologies of tolerance and solidarity which are our Catholic values and bring joy to hundreds of people that find themselves alone in these times of joy.’
The Ahmadiyya movement began in India in 1889 and today is spread around many countries within Muslim communities, who believe that the prophet Muhammed has already come and made several reforms.