The Dawoodi Bohras of New York recently organized a Ramadan iftar dinner for New York City Council Member Nantasha Williams, and representatives from New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) 113th Precinct, including Captain Meyers, Sergeant Rochener Gilot, and other officers. The event took place at the community’s new masjid complex in Springfield Boulevard, Queens, where the congregation observed their first Ramadan this year.
The event was an opportunity for the community to interact and engage with guests and share more about the Bohra faith, traditions, and culture. Guests were given a tour of the new masjid complex, including an orientation of the masjid’s architecture and the historical significance of its design. “It is great to have such an amazing and beautiful space of worship in our community and district,” said Nantasha Williams, who represents Council District 27 in Southeast Queens and its neighboring communities.
Captain Meyers from NYPD’s 113th Precinct conveyed their support for the community as he stated, “The 113th Precinct is here to support you. We recognize all faiths and religions, and the police department has your back in any instance”.
During the iftar dinner, guests experienced Bohra cuisine and traditional Bohra dining practices. They also gained insight into the community’s philanthropic efforts in organizing food drives and school supply drives, as part of Project Rise, a global initiative by Dawoodi Bohras worldwide geared towards environmental conservation, and improved access to education, health care, and nutrition.
This iftar dinner served as a testament to the Dawoodi Bohras’ commitment to fostering a community spirit of unity and collaboration, building bridges of understanding, and strengthening community bonds. Miss Williams expressed her delight in serving such a vibrant community, stating, “It is a pleasure to serve such a wonderful community, and I look forward to partnering with you all to make our community better.”