Eleven world renowned Qu’ran reciters flew in from countries around the world to provide an international, far-reaching series of evenings of spiritual exploration, preparing Muslims for the holy month of Ramadan. They represented eleven countries and hailed from as far afield as the US, Palestine, and Pakistan.
The tour visited London, Manchester and Birmingham and saw over 1200 people in attendance. Recitations were put in context, with discussion of a range of common themes including mercy, family and community.
An event of this kind on this scale was a first, and attracted a wide audience, young and old, practising and non-practising.
Over £113,000 was raised in donations and pledges, which will fund projects including clean water in Gaza, Palestine – where 97% of water is undrinkable. Child sponsorship and emergency food provision will also receive funding.
Muslim Aid’s diverse programme of fundraising, cultural and community events throughout Ramadan includes the Unfiltered tour, where social media stars helped raise nearly £100,000 to support orphans in need, and a series of street iftars which will bring people from across communities and backgrounds together.
A Muslim Aid spokesperson said:
“The Qari tour provided a powerful and uplifting experience, bringing the holy Qu’ran to life through the skills of internationally renowned reciters.
It was part of our ambitious programme of work around Ramadan, which involves a wide range of exciting events and experiences to connect Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and is raising funds to provide direct and vital support to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.”