Ramadhan 2015 witnessed the second IFTAR Program sponsored by Diyanet, a Turkish Foundation, in partnership with the IIS. Daily Iftar (breaking of the fast) was served at the Romulo Hall where a total of 60 to 90 individuals usually attend.
It includes students, faculty members, and administrative staffs of the University of the Philippines-Diliman and quite a number of outsiders like the Focolare Movement, a Roman Catholic international organization whose member attended Iftar towards the end of the Ramadhan.
IIS “Iftar partnership” with the Diyanet Foundation started in 2014. This year, the Iftar program was expanded to four areas: The Institute of Islamic Studies at UP Diliman, Islamic Studies Department of the Mindanao State University at General Santos, the Correctional Institute for Women in Mandaluyong City, and Muslim women inmates in Camp Karingal.
Food preparation was a joint effort of the IIS faculty, staff, and students. This is in addition to the catering service provided by Ms. Nilda Sadain, wife of NCMF Commissioner, Atty. Mehol Sadain.
Lectures were given by Dr. Abraham Sakili, who talked on “Anthropology and the nature of Adam,” of the UP College of Arts and Dr. Mohammad Fanaei, a graduate of Mc Gill University, who talked on “Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism.” Tarawee prayers were also held after Iftar.