Here at CVFM Radio, it has become customary to celebrate the last week of the holy month of Ramadan with a gracious community meal at a local eatery.
This year, The Mint Leaf restaurant at Sirkars was our proud host, and together we put on a lovely evening’s showing on the night of Tuesday the 18th. Mint Leaf owner Ejaz Hussain was in attendance, and he and his team presented a sumptuous feast for 72!
CVFM director Idrees Rashid is the brains behind the meal. He organised a livestream running throughout the dinner, which merged seamlessly with the ordinary evening’s Ramadan broadcast in-studio as crew and volunteers drifted from the studio to the venue. A link to the livestream can found here:
Aman Hussain, 24, provided moving vocals as he sung a rendition of the Adhaan (the traditional call to prayer) shortly before the feasting commenced.
The event saw attendance from a range of local dignitaries, including chairperson of the Tees Valley Muslim council Shaufqat “Charlie” Rashid; Kew and Gordon Lim representing the Chinese community; Bini Aria, the winner of a BME achievement award last year; and Middlesbrough’s own Mayor, Andy Preston, and his deputy Mieka Smiles - highly relevant people in light of the upcoming elections.
Below you can find a rich photo gallery showing off the highlights of the evening’s proceedings - in my humble opinion, the imagery of the luscious, authentic Kashmiri buffet should speak to its flavour more than any words I could type!
Today marks the end of Ramadan - Ramadan Mubarak - and with it a great celebration for the strength and spiritual fortitude of the Muslim community, in honouring their noble tradition of fasting, reservation, humility, charity and sharing.
We take our hats off to the Islamic populace of Middlesbrough, here at CVFM, 104.5 - and hope that you’ve enjoyed the month of special edition broadcasting that accompanied the sacred fast. Stay tuned as we resume regular broadcasting, with familiar faces such as Baker Lillivick, Mike Clarke, Steven Peacock and myself preparing to return to the air.