Ramadan is said to be a time of kindness and generosity, and that’s certainly what I experienced while documenting iftars in a number of different communities across London. The UK capital is home to more than 1.3 million Muslims, with roots around the world. While each group — from congregations of African heritage in South London to the culturally diverse mosques of Finsbury Park and Leyton — chose to break fast in their own ways, compassion and care were common denominators. Many people gave hours of their time to prepare food for fellow worshippers and ensure that people in need, from within and outside of their own communities, were fed. While often tired from the demands of daily fasting, many of the individuals I spoke to told me that these acts of service were a crucial part of the holy month that left them feeling spiritually and emotionally renewed.
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