Rabat – During his two-day trip to Singapore, Prince Harry of the UK joined members of a local Muslim-welfare organization, Jamiyah Singapore, for a traditional Iftar on Sunday.
After a welcome with flower petals and hand drums, the prince joined 80 young people to break the fast with a meal of porridge (bubur) and dates at a center run by Jamiyah Singapore.
Just before the iftar, Muhammad Rafiuddin Ismail who is the secretary general of Jamiyah Singapore, spoke out against the terrorist attacks that took place in London just hours earlier: “Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims of the London terror attack last night. Let peace and harmony prevail in communities all over the world.”
After the meal, the prince mingled with attendees and chatted about Ramadan and his visit.
The President of Jamiyah Singapore said that the community was honored that Prince Harry could share iftar with the young people and explained, “Ramadan is a time of reflection, for spending time with family and friends while giving support to those who are less fortunate.”
Prince Harry was in Singapore to play in a charity polo competition, the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup. The polo cup is an annual fundraiser for the Prince’s charity which helps at risk young people suffering from HIV in southern Africa.
Prince Harry’s embrace of the opportunity to celebrate Ramadan is in stark contrast to the actions of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who declined to host an event to mark the holy month of Ramadan.