By Jeremy Khalil on May 22, 2018

On selected weekends within the Muslim fasting month called Ramadan (which is currently on-going from 17 May 2018 until 15 June 2018), Kuala Lumpur’s  residents and visitors are invited to experience open-air iftar (breaking of fast)  with the commanding backdrop of the iconic Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Dataran Merdeka along Jalan Raja, the city’s busiest thoroughfare. This event, which begins at sunset and continues into the night, is called Iftar@KL, organised by the Malaysian Department of Arts and Culture (JKKN) together with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM), assisted by 300 individuals comprising the organisers’ staff and volunteers.

Held for the fourth consecutive year, Iftar@KL has been attracting not just Muslims but also non-Muslims and foreigners. Sitting side by side on traditional woven mat, everyone will be served with customary Ramadan fare such as bubur lambuk (spiced rice porridge), dates, cakes and even rice and side dishes. Once seated, all participants of Iftar@KL are required to wait for the evening (Maghrib) call to prayer (adzan) before eating and drinking. Those who instead prefer to picnic on the grassy Dataran Merdeka for iftar are also welcome, provided they maintain cleanliness. Last year’s Iftar@KL was participated by over 80,000 people spread over three weekends.

Below are the weekends that Iftar@KL is held in 2018:

  • 26 & 27 May 2018
  • 2 & 3 June 2018
  • 9 & 10 June 2018

After iftar, there are plenty of activities that the public can witness such as nasheed (Islamic spiritual songs) and marhaban (songs praising the prophet Muhammad) performances, Quran recitations and Islamic lectures. Besides, there are also 20 units of food trucks, mobile Muslim prayer room, public service mobile counters for Malaysians to make payments or settle their outstanding compounds, including mobile counter for Muslims to pay the obligatory zakat (alms).

Weather is forecasted to be agreeable during Iftar@KL. In case it rains, the organisers will move the event to an alternative venue close to Jalan Raja.



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