Should Christians attend an Iftar?

Written by on April 10, 2024

Photos of the Archbishop of Canterbury attending an Iftar meal have caused controversy among some Christians. What is the significance of the meal that marks the end of a Muslim’s daily Ramadan fast, and should a Jesus follower ever go to one?

The presence of Ramadan in our everyday lives is seemingly increasing, especially in our big cities – from Islamic messages displayed on boards at train stations, to messages on big red buses, to news of our leaders and authorities attending mosques and other Islamic events.

Many people simply look at these signs and move on, others see it as a sign of growing diversity. But what about for us as Christians?


During the month of Ramadan, Muslims respond to the command to fast. It’s obligatory for all Muslims over the age of twelve. According to Islamic teaching, fasting provides an opportunity for Muslims to come closer to Allah, the end goal being the forgiveness of their sins. Muhammad himself stated that fasting expiates the sins of the past year. Another Islamic tradition says: “Whoever fasts a day in the way of Allah, Allah will move his face away from the Hellfire by a distance of 70 years.”


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