Dubai Sikh temple cooks Ramadan meals for Muslims

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Visitors gather to break their fast at the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh temple, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 23, 2019. (Reuters)
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Visitors gather to break their fast at the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh temple, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 23, 2019. (Reuters)
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Muslims break their fast at the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh temple, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 23, 2019. (Reuters)
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Men chant during prayers at the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh temple, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 23, 2019. (Reuters)
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Food prepared for Iftar at the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh temple, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 23, 2019. (Reuters)
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A man walks past the GuruNanak Darbar Sikh temple in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on May 26, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 27 May 2019

Dubai Sikh temple cooks Ramadan meals for Muslims

DUBAI: A Sikh temple in Dubai has opened its doors to Muslims during Islam’s fasting month of Ramadan, offering them room to pray and a free meal to break their daily fast.
The Guru Nanak Darbar gurdwara — a place of worship in the Sikh religion — is building on Sikhism’s core principles of giving and eating together, which sees temples all over the world cook free meals, known as langar, for whoever wants them every day of the year.
“This is the best way to show to the world that we are all one. Whether you are Hindu, Muslim or Christian it doesn’t matter, you are first a human being,” said Bubbles Kandhari, vice chairperson of the gurdwara.
In previous years the gurdwara had offered the Muslim iftar meal on just one day during Ramadan, but as 2019 has been designated the Year of Tolerance by the United Arab Emirates government, the temple is offering the meal for Muslims breaking their fast every evening.
Muslim cousins Shuaib and Akil, both Indian nationals living in the UAE, brought their families to the gurdwara for iftar after seeing a video on social media.
“Normally we go to our mosque every day, but it is only for our community,” said Akil. “I was very interested to see where all the people come together and to show my kids.”
While Sikhs and other attendees ate their langar meals on the floor on one side of the room after a worship session, Muslims broke their fast at tables on the other side after their own prayer session inside the temple.


Miss Egypt hopeful as the 2019 Miss Universe kicks off in Atlanta

The 68th edition of the Miss Universe pageant is currently underway at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. AFP
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Miss Egypt hopeful as the 2019 Miss Universe kicks off in Atlanta

  • Egypt's Diana Hamed is the only contestant representing the Arab world at the 68th edition of Miss Universe
  • On Dec. 6, she took to the stage at the pre-coronation national costume contest to show off her patriotic side

DUBAI: The 68th edition of the Miss Universe pageant is currently underway at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, where The Philippines' Catriona Gray is set to crown her successor on Dec. 8. 

The pageant kicked off on Dec. 7 with the Preliminary and National Costume Competition at Atlanta’s Marriott Marquis where the Miss Universe contestants are competing for a spot in the top 20.

Among the hopeful contestants who hail from 90 different countries and territories is Diana Hamed, the reigning Miss Egypt, who take home the crown for Miss Universe Egypt 2019, a title previously held by Egyptian icon Iolanda Gigliotti— more commonly known as Dalida— the winner of the 1954 competition. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 20-year-old beat out 19 other contestants on Oct. 20 to accept the crown from her predecessor Nariman Khaled at a jam-packed ceremony at Cairo’s Al Massah Hotel. The beauty queen was selected by an expert panel that comprised of the National Director of Miss Universe Hoda Abboud, Egyptian fashion designer Hany El Beheiry and actress Nermine El Feky, among others.

Aya Abdel Razek was crowned the first runner-up, while Mirna Makkawi was the second runner up.

Hamed is the only contestant representing the Arab world in the highly-televised competition, which is once again being hosted by American television presenter Steve Harvey.

Hailing from Cairo, the business student took to the stage on Dec. 6 for the pre-coronation National Costume Contest to show off her patriotic side by donning a stunning red and gold ensemble paired with a crown to represent her country.

The business student took to the stage on Dec. 6 for the pre-coronation National Costume Contest to show off her patriotic side. Instagram

Miss Universe 2019 will be crowned by the reigning Catriona Gray. If Hamed wins, she will receive a one-year contract with the Miss Universe Organization, which will see her traveling overseas to perform charity work and raise awareness for diseases and education. The winner will also receive room and board in a luxury apartment in New York City plus cash allowance for her entire reign, a New York Film Academy scholarship, a modeling portfolio with WME IMG, which happens to be the Miss Universe parent organization, a year supply of beauty products, a custom-styled new wardrobe, and healthcare, as well as invitations to events such as fashion shows, movie premieres and opening galas throughout New York.