The Dawoodi Bohras of San Diego were honored to host their neighbors from Incarnation Lutheran Church for Iftar, a meal at sunset to break the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan.
Guests arrived to observe prayers offered at sunset and were introduced to the Dawoodi Bohra faith, culture and humanitarian principles that are part of Bohra daily life.
As is tradition, members of the Bohra community washed the hands of the visitors, after which everyone seated at “thaals,” circular steel trays laden with traditional Bohra cuisine. Bohra community members explained the significant custom of starting a meal with a pinch of salt, as well as other examples of Bohra dining etiquette and culinary traditions.
Guests were presented with a parting gift, or silat (which means “connection”), consisting of a packet of dates, olives, and honey, and a card explaining their context in the Dawoodi Bohra culture.
Jennifer Barker of the Incarnation Lutheran Church commented, “Thank you for inviting us into your worship. We are blessed to have you share our campus during your holy time. Your hospitality, openness and grace warmed my heart. I learned so much and hope to keep learning.”
The Dawoodi Bohras of San Diego are grateful to everyone at Incarnation Lutheran Church for opening their halls and hearts and providing a comfortable space in which to worship. They have shown great hospitality and kindness over this past month and the Bohra community looks forward to furthering collaboration with this exceptional group of people.