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Friday, 23 November, 2001, 09:51 GMT
Prince joins Ramadan ceremony
Prince Charles at the Suleymaniye Mosque in east London
Charles has has a long-standing interest in Islamic culture
The Prince of Wales is joining more than 100 British Muslims in a breaking fast ceremony as part of Ramadan.

The prince will visit the East London Mosque on Friday for the ceremony, which takes place every day at sundown during the important Islamic month.

He will also launch the 10m London Muslim Centre Project, which will be built next to the mosque and will provide community and educational facilities.

It has been designed by the Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts (Vita) department at The Prince's Foundation - which concentrates on urban regeneration and heritage projects.

The multi-purpose centre aims to stimulate economic and social improvements in the area and encourage greater interaction and understanding between different ethnic and faith groups in east London, a spokesman for the prince said.


During his visit the prince will open purpose-built sheltered accommodation for Muslim families and hand over a key to one of the tenants.

The Suleymaniye Mosque in east London
Prince Charles has pledged solidarity with UK Muslims
He will also meet youngsters from the community education project Working with Disaffected Youth based in Shoreditch and run by the East London Mosque in partnership with Vita.

The prince, who has installed an Islamic garden in his Highgrove home, has a long-standing interest in Islamic culture.

He has had several engagements with British Muslims since the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US.

At the end of September the prince visited the Suleymaniye mosque in Dalston, east London, and pledged support for UK Muslims facing a possible backlash.

He said: "I very much wanted to come here... to show how much I minded about and care about the Islamic community in this country, particularly at a time when it's so difficult for everybody.

"And also to show, above all, my support for all those people of whatever faith who utterly reject violence."

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