British ambassador leads Ramadan prayers in Sudan streets

British ambassador leads prayers after hosting street iftar in Sudan
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26 May, 2019
The British Ambassador to Sudan Irfan Siddiq led group prayers in the streets of the capital Khartoum after hosting a traditional iftar for members of the public.
The ambassador was appointed to his current post last year [Twitter]

The British Ambassador to Sudan led group prayers in the streets of the capital Khartoum after hosting a traditional iftar for members of the public.

The embassy's Twitter account on Saturday posted images of Irfan Siddiq attending the Ramadan gathering outside his house.

"Siddiq enjoyed a pleasant evening by inviting passersby to an iftar feast out his home to eat and chat," the account said.

"After the iftar, Siddiq led the congregational sunset prayers," it added.

During Ramadan people often break their fasts in intercommunal meals in the street donated by charitable individuals or organisations.

Siddiq said he was delighted to host the "authentically Sudanese experience" and lead prayers for the first time in the country.

Adult Muslims are required to fast from dawn until dusk during Islam's holiest month. Exceptions are given for the sick, elderly and women who are menstruating, pregnant or nursing. 

The ambassador was appointed to his post last year.

Last month, he urged the country's new military rulers to cease attacks on protesters after former president Omar al-Bashir was overthrown amid widespread demonstrations against his rule.

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