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Commissioner Celebrates With Muslim Olympians

Bernard Hogan-Howe is special guest at a feast to mark the end of Holy month of Ramadan

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe accepted an invitation to celebrate the end of the breaking of the fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The commissioner attended his first Iftar – or fast breaking – at Harrow Central Mosque with members of the Egyptian Olympic team in a 300-strong congregation.

An evening meal that concludes the fast each day in Ramadan, Iftar is a time that traditionally includes the hosting of guests and travellers.

Speaking during the visit, the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Harrow Central Mosque, Irfan Hussain said it was a privilege to host the chief officer.

He added that the mosque was “very proud” of its relationship with the police.

Ibrar Ahmed, from the Association of Muslim Police who also attended the Iftar, praised the commissioner for attending the feast.

He added: “Harrow is the most religiously diverse borough in the UK and one in eight of London’s population is Muslim.

“By joining Muslims to break fast Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has sent out a strong message of support to the wider Muslim community.”

Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said he was delighted to be among friends.

He added: “It was an honour to have been a guest, together with the Egyptian Olympic Team, of the Harrow Central Mosque for the celebration of Iftar.

“Much has been made of the legacy of the Olympics. I hope part of that legacy will be greater respect for other cultures and religions. With greater respect comes greater safety and security.”

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