ABOUT

What is an Iftar?
Iftar (Arabic: إفطار) is a meal eaten by Muslims at sunset after a day of fasting. Though one can fast, and thus have iftar, at any time of the year, it is usually observed most often during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Ramadan is a special month because Muslims fast every day for the entire month from dawn to sunset. The iftar is usually a time where family and friends come together to enjoy a meal in each other’s company. Various cultures and communities all over the world have different traditions on the food they share and how they create their space. This year, we are hoping to embody that space on a virtual platform in order to facilitate socially distant connection and capture how Muslims are spending their Ramadan during the second year of the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

Digital Iftars is a Canadian project that helps Muslims host and attend virtual iftars in small groups in order to create a sense of intimate community this Ramadan. Entering our second Ramadan in a global pandemic, we intend to combat social isolation and build community by forming spaces for people to connect and bond over a shared iftar meal, and share their experiences using the hashtag #digitaliftars on social media.

  1. Sign up for an iftar. 

  2. Read our toolkit.

  3. Host or attend your iftar.

  4. Share your memories with your loved ones using the #DigitalIftars hashtag on social media. 

Acknowledgements

The Digital Iftars project is carried out in partnership by The Tessellate Institute and the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at Simon Fraser University. It is supported by a Healthy Communities Initiative grant from the Government of Canada. 
 
We recognize this work is being done on the land of many Indigenous communities across Turtle Island (North America). As we gather, connect and strengthen relationships, let us also reflect on the multiple disconnections and broken relations brought about through past and ongoing colonial practices.  ​
In particular, we'd like to thank:

Our Toolkit Authors:
Shagufta Pasta
Nabeel Ahmed
Our Designer:
Mustaali Raj
Our Site Developer:
Syed Khawar
Our Project Team:
Aslam Bulbulia
Amal Javed Abdullah
Shagufta Pasta
Nabeel Ahmed
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Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies (CCMS) 
Simon Fraser University
CCMS fosters academic and public discussion and understanding of Muslim societies and cultures. It shifts the analysis from the notion of a single religious landscape defined by the religion of Islam to that of Muslims of different experiences and interpretations as agents in the construction of their societies and cultures within specific contexts.
 
CCMS conducts its activities in such a way as to serve SFU’s mission of engaging the community and the world along the core values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and to enhance the reputation of the research and academic programs of the University. It achieves its purpose by curating events and programs that create a safe space for discussion, relationship building and academic and community outreach. 
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The Tessellate Institute (TTI)
The Tessellate Institute is an independent, charitable research institute that explores and documents the lived experiences of Muslims in Canada. Our goal is to provide educational projects and programs that highlight Canada’s Muslim heritage. We also publish independent reports and policy papers that advance the public discourse on issues related to Muslims in the wider Canadian society.
 
The word tessellate means to form small blocks into a larger pattern. It was an important feature of Islamic art and architecture, and also signifies the Canadian mosaic. In that spirit, we hope our work will contribute to enriching the great diversity of this country.
PARTNERS
We would like to thank our partners for their support in this project.
If you would like to join us, send us a note at contact@digitaliftars.ca
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