It all started off with a trolley.

In 2013, a group of students came together and invited international students, who were living alone in the UK, to join in the spirit of Ramadan through breaking their fasts together. We aimed to provide a home away from home, strengthen community ties and embody the beauty of our faith.

The initiative grew and we were able to host more than just students. Our tent began welcoming the vulnerable, including the homeless, those in need of a community and anyone who wished to share our food and faith with us.

Today, Open Iftar is the UK’s largest annual community event in Ramadan and provides free food for anyone and everyone, whilst listening to speakers from a wide range of backgrounds who speak about local social, political, cultural and religious issues, amongst other topics. Grounded in our community and almost entirely run by volunteers, we have had the honour of organising, for the first time in British history, Open Iftars at Westminster Abbey, Wembley Stadium, Trafalgar Square and The British Library. We’ve now hosted over 100,000 people from all backgrounds across the UK and the world, in over 10 cities and 4 continents.

2013

A group of students came together and invited international students, breaking their fasts and providing a home away from home.    

2014

The initiative grew and we were able to host more than just students. Our tent began welcoming the vulnerable, including the homeless, those in need

2014

The initiative grew and we were able to host more than just students. Our tent began welcoming the vulnerable, including the homeless, those in need

2016

50 most innovative global muslim start ups award

2018

Open Iftar expanded to 10 major cities across the UK.

2019

Ramadan tent moved to a larger premise at Tavistock Square  

2019

First ever Iftar held at Trafalgar Square  

2019

Other iconic Iftar’s held at Wembley Stadium, The British Library, Southwark Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.  

2020

We introduced #MyOpenIftar and Global Iftar. Connecting more communities than ever before!