Harris Bokhari – “A photo of ‘hope’ that travelled around the world”

Original article published on 26 July 2016 on Mosaic

Mosaic was thrilled to be involved in the recent historic inaugural Iftar at Lambeth Palace hosted by the Most Reverend Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Members of Mosaic’s leadership team, including Manager Director Jonathan Freeman, as well as current and previous board members, and Mosaic’s Founder Chairman HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan were in attendance at the Interfaith Iftar organised by Harris Bokhari OBE, co-founder of the Naz Legacy Foundation and Mosaic Board Member.

The event saw 100 young Londoners of different or no faith, including pupils from Mosaic schools Westminster Academy and Ernest Bevin College, join the Archbishop of Canterbury, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, and Mosaic Ambassador and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in the daily breaking of the fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

It was also the setting for a selfie taken by Mayor Sadiq Khan (on our very own Nizam Uddin’s phone who was a volunteer on the night) that was subsequently retweeted by some of the most famous people in the world, including Ashton Kutcher and J.K. Rowling, who commented that the ‘picture gives hope.’


Harris Bokhari OBE said: “This was an uplifting event that made a positive statement about the diversity and tolerance that dominates our capital city. For Muslims to break their fast alongside followers of all faiths shows a solidarity and understanding that is more necessary now than ever. The food itself, also sensitive to all faiths, was great too!”